Initially, Girl Scout Troop 20804 had difficulty finding an appropriate space to plant their edible garden. Some pieces of land were too close to busy roads to be safe, others were owned by the city and county, and still others weren't suitable for the long-term commitment a vegetable garden takes.
As a compromise, Girl Scouts approached a local church with an innovative proposal for their large backyard space: they would plant in straw bales rather than directly to the ground.
Since straw bales sit on top of grass and they disintegrate after two years, they are a good alternative to long-term gardening.
Church congregants and neighbors now enjoy having access to the delicious produce being grown in their own backyard.