There is no doubt that this garden would have never got past being an overgrown grassy field without local supporters. Financial support has come from individuals joining Go Green, Meridian, from individual personal donations, and from companies who have signed up on a wide variety of sponsorship levels.
Materials were donated from individuals and numerous businesses. I dare not list them here as I would have to come back every other day to add another name. Please visit the Love and Peas Community Garden Facebook page to see what materials were donated and by which local company.
We certainly appreciate all of their support and could not possibly overstate how imperative their donations are.
And, as if to prove that the effort is welcomed and needed in the community, the Breaking Ground event was covered by local television and newspaper media. You can read the newspaper article by clicking here and watch the television segment by clicking here. If you are a picture lover, you will want to click here to see even more pictures taken by our local newspaper. Another media outlet even put a spot about the garden on YouTube
The Community Garden:
The garden is off to a great start. All the fence posts are set and the concrete is curing. The major paths through the garden are mulched and already being well used. The entire first quadrant is full of raised beds and most have been filled with soil. The remaining areas have been covered in plastic mulch to keep the grass from growing. Flower beds that will go along the fence line at the main entrance have been built with concrete blocks and railroad cross ties.
Over the next month volunteers will drop in from time to time and get the little details in order before our next event. The next event will be on September 14th when we will plant both seedlings and direct sow some seed. Since this is a fall garden and our first frost will only be about 1.5 – 2 months away, our choices will be limited.
However, no matter what we grow it will be a success – not because of the vegetables we harvest but because of the community we have grown.
Continuing Sustainability Education:
We set out knowing that if we were going to do a community garden that it would have to provide examples of what people could really do at their homes. As such, multiple types of materials are being used so that each person who sees them can learn something about them and make an informed decision.
As time goes on demonstrations and classes will be held. One example currently being discussed is homemade organic insect repellent! Of course there will be a lot to learn about regarding planting – everything from soil health to watering methods, plant varieties and seed saving. It will be a great experience for everyone involved!