Greenwood Branch Community Garden
Our community garden is the continuation of several recent projects sponsored by Humblebee Farm who donated time and resources to our garden and proveded the land. In 2013 our projects half acre garden area was plowed and it was planted into pumpkins to allow the soil to be cleaned of weeds by grazing sheep and still be productive. Now we approach 2014 with a comprehensive plan to grow a mix of individual plots and communal areas for large crops like pumpkins and potatoes. We are going to have a picnic area where children can play and families can stop for lunch and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. In addition to the field plots we will be building a greenhouse and installing an aquaponic grow system to enable us to grow sustainable tomatoes and salad greens almost year round. The actual greenhouse will also be used to extend the growing season by starting seedlings earlier and growing cold tolerant vegetables into the winter. Our goals are to increase our knowledge of growing in a northern climate, to build a sense of community between diverse groups such as church families, the unemployed and seniors, and to teach the importance of eating a fresh and healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits. We believe that just because you are poor doesn't mean you cannot eat well and we would like to share our knowledge with those who are willing to learn, with the hope that they will join us each year and take their knowledge out into the wider community and try growing at home. We will be getting together for regular work parties and the local church has offered us space for teaching gardening classes and for potlucks. It's going to be a great growing year for our community in 2014!
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