AUGUSTA — Parts of Capitol Park near Maine’s State House will soon be edible.

The Legislature has enacted a bill that directs the state to plant edible landscaping in the Augusta park. Democratic Rep. Craig Hickman’s bill has become law without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

The new law says the commission shall oversee a plan to incorporate food-producing plants, shrubs or trees into the landscaping of a portion of Capitol Park. The use of edible landscaping must be consistent with the overall plan for the park, and is subject to available funding.

Hickman, a freshman lawmaker from Winthrop, hopes his bill will raise awareness of the importance of agriculture and support for local farmers. He’d also like to encourage state institutions to use more Maine-grown food.

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