We are on our way for this season. We have provided a total of 16 pounds of produce with much more to come. Thanks for help harvesting ladies!
Thanks to the volunteers who help plant, water, weed and make pathways.
You are all great!
Tuesday afternoon several of us raided the garden for salad fixings. Juan’s amazing radish!
We took over the church kitchen to wash our produce.
Next up was salad dressing preparation. Some of us discovered we like one and disliked another.
A great opportunity to do some sampling.
Next up will be recipes using zucchini. We will meet on July 10 at 4:30 in the church kitchen. One kid friendly choice is a chocolate zucchini cake. Since the garden has blueberries we found a recipe that use both!
See you in the garden.
The weather was perfect for our tasks in the garden! We weeded and marked the strawberries first.
Next we moved compost to all 9 small raised beds.
We worked on the pathway around the garden to redefine it for ease of travel.
While those tasks were completed Mike and Jose shredded leaves into the new compost bins!
Next up is tilling in preparation for planting. We are thinking dry weather so that can happen sooner rather than later.
That will open the whole garden for planting and setting up the drip system for watering the food bank portion of the garden. Those who rented spaces will have access to their plots.
See you in the garden!
First Presbyterian Church of Woodburn is bringing back the community garden that once gave nearly 5,000 pounds of produce to the Aware Food Bank. The official Planting Day is Saturday, May 19, and will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 am. There will be refreshments, gardening activities and advice from Master Gardeners.
Ian Niktab, founder of the nonprofit Planting Communities and a teacher at Nellie Muir Elementary School, will be the main Garden Coordinator this year.
“The vision I have for this garden is to build community and provide a safe space where folks can grow food for themselves and others, as well as be an example of positive community actions.” said Niktab. “Once again, I’m excited to see this project come to fruition. We have a great team working on this project.”
A limited number of individual gardens are available to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Gardeners contribute $25 for the season and are asked to maintain their garden from planting through October. Email Niktab at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an individual garden application.
The community garden started when Beth Matthews, the Meals on Wheels site coordinator at the church, wanted some cucumbers to include in the senior lunches.
“I just made a little garden out in the back,” she said. “That’s how this whole thing started.”
“We have the land and we want it to be fruitful,” said Rev. Cynthia O’Brien, pastor at First Presbyterian. “We’re excited to support the food bank and also have our neighbors come over and grow their own food. Maybe parents will teach their kids.”
First Presbyterian Church is located at 950 N. Boones Ferry Rd, Woodburn, across the street from French Prairie Middle School. For information, visit www.firstpreswoodburn.org or email email@example.com