4/20/2010 2:00:00 PM Third season for GC community garden A number of projects on tap for spring
Fourth and fifth-grade students from Grand Canyon School help plant seeds for the Grand Canyon Community Garden.
By Deb Goepfrich
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Spring is here, and the Grand Canyon Community Garden is gearing up for their third growing season!
Our goal is to bring sustainable agriculture education, fresh produce, and gardening opportunities to the Grand Canyon community. Part of the garden area is dedicated to individual plots used by community members. The other portion is an education plot for use by the school, and also provides communal gardening space for community members who do not have their own garden plots.
To help get our spring season started, we had a wonderful group of volunteers from the LDS church help spread composted mule manure to prepare our garden beds for planting. Other upcoming projects include: compost bin maintenance and work to help "gopher-proof" the garden with raised beds, performed by Grand Canyon School students during Earth Day activities, an herb garden project with the Daisy Scouts this May, construction of cold frames by volunteers this spring and summer.
This year, we have a "Garden Club" composed of 4th and 5th grade students who are planning and working the school plot. The students have selected a wide variety of vegetable, fruit, and flower varieties to grow this season, and have already started growing some things from seed indoors. They plan to use the money from garden produce sales this season to donate to relief efforts in the wake of Haiti's earthquake. Please watch for veggie sales during softball games this summer, and after school sales next fall.
We encourage you to stop by the garden every now and then to see what is growing! We plan to start putting things in the ground in late April or early May. The Grand Canyon Community garden is located on the Grand Canyon School grounds adjacent to the playground and softball fields. Please observe school regulations and refrain from being on campus during school hours.
For more information on how to get involved in the garden, please contact Deb Goepfrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.