SCOTT, La. (AP) — Fresh dirt tilled to meet the sun for the first time in 40 years marks the new home for EarthShare Gardens, a nonprofit community group that has raised vegetables for those in need and nurtured neighborhood gardens across Lafayette Parish.

The Advocate reports the community garden will get that new start on 4 acres in Scott owned by the McMath family.

Board member Stacy Scarce says the 10-year lease will allow EarthShare Gardens to consider long-term expansion.

After being forced to move out by their former Lafayette landlords a year ago, the group operated out of a member's backyard in Youngsville.