Green River Preserve Farm
Green River Preserve’s farm and garden program is now in its fifth year. We are intrinsically linked with Green River Preserve (GRP) Summer Camp and our primary audiences currently include children between the ages of 8 and 18, their families, and the camp staff. Though predominantly a teaching garden, we also provide fresh produce to the camp kitchen throughout summer that the kids themselves help grow and harvest. We strive to spread the joy of gardening to all visitors and encourage people to become more aware of the food pathways they participate in every day.
Presently, we’re working to install a substantial herb garden in a rocky and otherwise unusable part of the farm field. This will help reduce erosion in a susceptible area by planting perennial plants that require little to no maintenance or tilling after establishment; thereby improving our immediate environment and providing an excellent example for farm visitors. Several other sustainable, environmentally friendly strategies are advocated and demonstrated in our growing areas including organic pest and disease control, cover crop use, wise water management, use of native pollinator boarders, and trap cropping.
With this addition, we will teach how to grow and use a wide range of herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes. Some of the things we particularly hope to make with the kids are their own bug repellants and sunburn salves. In the future, the herb collection will be expanded using various propagation techniques that will also be taught to garden visitors. There is a rich cultural history of native herb use in our area as well and we look forward to doing our part to keep those stories, and the knowledge they contain, alive. Ultimately, we believe there are only benefits to be had from including more gardening of any kind in people’s lives.
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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