Rubel Castle Garden
Our garden is located in the residential neighborhood of Glendora, CA within a unique Folk Art environment called Rubel Castle. In February 2013, the Whitcomb Continuation High School program, a credit based oral history/work program, expanded to include a full gardening curriculum and ultimately established the organic vegetable garden currently growing at the Castle. Volunteer youth learned planting, seed saving, composting, mulching, installing drip irrigation, grafting 101, making seed bombs, and cooking healthy snacks from the garden. Our garden is 100% volunteer run, intergenerational (from 8-86 years old) and multicultural. Fruit and vegetables from the “Pharm” are shared with volunteers, members of the Glendora Historical Society, residents, and neighbors. It continues to function as a space to learn and experiment with different growing techniques. Two underutilized areas that exemplify this were recently opened to expand the main space of the garden. One development is our “Memorial Chicken Garden. Inspired by a beloved chicken named Athena, it is a spot where chickens and plants will co exist. Rainwater flows into the lowest part of the garden, an area where native plants abound, and ends in the newest area of the garden where we have begun to build a Hugelkultur bed, (an innovative technique that conserves water). The Castle’s history of recycling has inspired several projects in the garden. Ceramic roof tiles and glass bottles have been reused to define beds, and mosaic stepping stones created from broken dishes and interesting junk. A waist-high raised bed was built with recycled granite, urbanite, and river rock for volunteers with limited ability to bend over. The future of the Rubel Castle Garden is one of preservation and education in the homesteading arts, sustainability, and organic gardening practices. In October 2013, the Rubel Castle Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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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