Demonstration Vegetable Garden
The Demonstration Vegetable Garden (DVG) is a three season vegetable garden designed to demonstrate to the more than 62,000 annual visitors to the Huntsville Botanical Garden (HBG) various methods of growing healthy vegetables in the space they have available. The HBG provides the site and logistical support for the garden and local Master Gardeners and volunteers provide the manpower, seeds, materials and tools. Fruits and vegetables that will grow well in our area are planted in a variety of methods - raised beds, balcony gardens, garden plots, containers and flower beds. Garden techniques demonstrated include companion planting, pest and weed control, as well as water conservation and composting. Master Gardeners working at the DVG benefit from the garden by gaining knowledge from other workers, fellowship with other workers, trying new methods of planting and tasting new varieties of fruits and vegetables. Visitors to the garden benefit from written information provided on vegetable gardening and composting. They also benefit from seeing the various planting methods in a small space which makes it easier for them to visualize how their own garden would look. They are invited to ask questions as they tour the garden. Visitors are also exposed to numerous fruits and vegetables that they may not have realized grow well in our area. Another group that benefits from our garden are needy seniors in our area. Most of the produce grown is delivered to the Huntsville Community Garden, who in turn delivers it to the Madison County Care Assurance System for the Aging (CASA) Program. This program is operated as part of the United Way. CASA distributes the vegetables to their 600+ clients consisting of the aged and less fortunate, who have no means of growing fresh fruits and vegetables. More than 1000 pounds are given to CASA every year.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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