Cedaredge Community Gardens has ended its seventh season with fall cleanup, and decided to have a little fun with a presentation of a ceremonial gift basket of produce for Delta County commissioner Bruce Hovde who has been an indispensible help to the garden all these years. Not only has he assisted by earmarking GOCO grants annually, he also comes in on his own time to help disk and plow as time permits.
"His support has been invaluable," said Mary John, president of the association.
As gardeners spent time together cleaning up and putting their gardens "to bed," some shared their thoughts on what participation in the community garden means to them. Mary John loves to garden and to share her abundance with the Food Bank and with the elderly members of her church, First Baptist in Cedaredge. "I gave up canning awhile back. Many of the church members can no longer garden and miss their fresh produce. And the fresh carrots I brought to the Food Bank only lasted a few minutes!"
Loni Cole has been a garden member for six seasons. She pointed out that there are many ways to volunteer in the community but that participating in garden activities "speaks to my heart." Gardeners love to play in the dirt and are proud of what they grow and share.
With the season's end, the garden will undergo a transformation as a new center path is constructed to tidy up and make the garden safer to navigate. Also, a new water line for year-round water will be installed by SE Ward, using funding granted by USDA Rural Development. "This will extend our growing season," said treasurer and fundraiser Dea Jacobson, "and allow us to broaden our possibilities for future expansion into a new section of the garden. We are looking now for next year's potential new members, and urge interested folks to contact us and not wait till spring."
The garden has a Facebook page and a website at www.highcountrycommunitygar
dens.com. Or call garden secretary Sharon Grotrian at 970-250-6758 to sign up.