The Underwood Gardens provides a space for community residents to garden together—to create a shared vision, to work collaboratively, and to establish community connections that cut across racial and socioeconomic divides as we teach and learn about food and organic gardening.
This project was begun in the spring of 2013 on land in our county-owned Community Center with approval of Skamania County, the Underwood Community Council, and with funds from a CDC Community Transformation Grant. The garden consists of twenty individual garden plots of varying sizes that community members can “rent” for an annual fee of $10-$40, depending on plot size. There is also a 12x12-foot garden plot that is tended collectively or used for a community enhancement project. In 2014, this plot will be used as a Children’s Garden. The entire garden is enclosed by a deer fence, a necessity in our area.
Gardeners enjoy the fruits of their own labor and garden patches, and also participate in shared maintenance tasks and community outreach efforts. A component of the Gardens as important to our mission as the garden itself is our educational program of activities, classes, and field trips. In 2013, these events included classes on composting, food preservation, and regional gardening, several harvest-related celebrations, and a field trip to other community gardens in the area. All of these events are open to the entire community.
The Underwood Gardens program is managed by a Garden Manager and Steering Committee. All of our efforts in getting our garden created and keeping it thriving have been the result of volunteer efforts from an enthusiastic community.
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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