Quatrano Park Community Garden
Quatrano Park Community Garden was started in 2012 with a grant obtained through Chemung ARC's partnership with Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play. The first year we built ten raised beds, planted thirty pots, twenty five tire beds, and one bed made from leftover soil and rocks. The asphalt under the beds was removed but otherwise remains. This is for great wheelchair accessiblity. Three of the raised beds were made 24" high for wheelchair accessibility. We also addes two bird feeders and a bird bath. All of the beds were adopted either residents of the local community, staff of Chemung ARC, or people with developmental disabilities supported by Chemung ARC. We donated over 100 lbs. of produce to The Food Bank of the Southern Tier our first year. We had a great deal of community interest in the project, including neighborhood children who would often come help in the garden and enjoy some of the produce.
The second year we added eight raised beds, a raised strawberry garden (made from old tires), a shed, two "pizza" gardens (obtained through a grant from Pizz Hut), pots for spices, a picnic table, two bat houses and a greenhouse!! Again, we donated over 100 lbs. of produce to the local food bank.
Chemung ARC obtained a Mobile Upright Garden (MUG) which is a self sustained, self-irrigating garden used indoors. We will use this garden to plant starter plants for the greenhouse and day neutral strawberries.
The Quatrano Park Community Garden is seen as a great success and a model for other gardens in the City of Elmira.
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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