Community gardens flourish in many states and towns all over our country, and in many other countries as well. They are often looked at as a way to provide garden opportunities for people who don’t have yards; and in fact, this is often true, but they provide many other opportunities for those interested in gardening as well.
Blaire’s children have been very excited to pick ripe berries and apples in the garden. Blueberries, golden raspberries, and Aronia berries have been relished; and Aronia berries and apples have made their way home for snacks and smoothies. The children have helped with general garden chores, and with planting and tending the family’s garden bed as well. “My kids have enjoyed planting seeds and then picking their own produce, which tastes much better than what you can buy from the store.” As Blaire attests, gardening is a great way to encourage children to eat fresh fruits and veggies. Visiting the garden becomes a magical treasure hunt, with delicious morsels as the prize.
Visitors and volunteers are welcome at the garden! We are located on the corner of Water and Adams Streets in South Bend WA. We are currently open Tuesdays between 3:00PM and 5:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:30 AM until at least 11:30 AM (rain cancels). Saturday times will remain the same through fall and winter; however, as the days get colder and shorter, Tuesday’s hours will shift a few hours earlier. We have a very a short waiting list for prospective new members. If you are interested in the idea of planting fall greens, roots, or garlic, time is of the essence. For more information, please contact the coordinator, Harvest McCampbell, (360) 934-5792 or (707) 834-2985.