The Cedaredge Community Garden is beginning its fifth season with a full roster of members and the addition of 50 feet of new, fenced-in space to the west of the existing garden. All 24 plots have been taken with seven new gardeners joining the ranks.
Despite the wind, many plots were fully planted over the Memorial Day weekend.
"We are excited for what the future holds for the garden," said president Larry Claxton. "The Town of Cedaredge has accepted our five-year plan and we have a lot of great ideas for the newly acquired section."
The garden has cultivated a plot for the Surface Creek Food Bank and gardeners have been encouraged to donate their excess produce as vegetables are harvested. Garden volunteer Mary John will be working with a group from Community Options, which also has a plot this season. In addition to their own plot, they will weed and water the herb plot and the new strawberry beds, as well as help out gardeners who need someone to maintain their plot during summer absences.
"We've got a pretty good system set up this year," said Claxton. "Donations of manure and straw have helped enrich the soil and provide mulch for water conservation. We've developed strong relationships with the Food Bank and Community Options and continue to get support annually from GOCO and from various businesses and organizations that keep us going and growing. Most of the gardeners are conserving water with use of soaker hoses and drip systems. The garden has become a real asset to its members and to the community. We especially appreciate the opportunity the Town of Cedaredge has given us as we do our part to help preserve the agricultural heritage of the Surface Creek Valley."
The public is encouraged to stop by this Saturday, June 8, for the annual plant sale which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter near Cedaredge Food Town. The garden is located just east of Food Town, across from the skate park. Stop on by and have a look!blog comments powered by Disqus