WHAT'S GROWIN' ON
IN LAKE & MENDOCINO COUNTIES
After over a year of planning we have finally broken ground at the Middletown Community Garden!
In the past month we have dug post holes, set our fence posts in the ground, and dug trenches to lay irrigation. Along the way we have had to fight against the rainiest year in California since 1895, and super rocky soil (as you can see from the picture) to get everything done. We've had great help from our volunteers particularly Jeff Regan and Mel Bullock in getting the fence posts set. During a workday on April 14th we were able to set the bottom boards and tack up the hogwire and on Friday April 21st we held an Earth Day Workday to finish nailing down the hog wire panels and get the top boards up. It finally looks like a garden now!READ MORE >
Since the Gardens Project was founded in 2007, we’ve worked with the people of Mendocino and Lake Counties to develop 45 community and school gardens. That’s an average of 4.5 gardens a year! A lot has changed since the first community gardens in Ukiah, but the need to increase food security in both counties is still there and the work continues…
Setting up the drip irrigation at the Willits Head Start Preschool GardenREAD MORE >
Next time you're going for a walk in the park, check out Vinewood Park Community Garden's new hard-scape pathways! These gravel paths make the garden more accessible to gardeners in wheelchairs and gardeners who have other mobility issues. Thanks to the Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp Crew for all of their hard work!
Thanks to the California Conservation Corps crew members for all their hard work gopher-proofing and cleaning up the Mendocino College Preschool Garden! It was a beautiful fall day. Keeping the gophers and other burrowing critters out of the garden beds will definitely allow the preschoolers to see the fruits of their garden labor!!
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We are often asked, "How many Gardens do you have?"
|Coastal Garden Leaders at their first meeting in Janurary 2014, they graduate next month!|
|Pinoleville Youth Build Students working at Autumn Leaves|
|Vinewood Park at the Peak of the Season!|
|Village Circle Gardeners, October 2014|
|Tons of information for gardeners to see on the new boards.|
|Seed Starting and Transplanting Workshop, March 2014|
Maybe you've seen it in the paper, or you've seen the tractor out turning under grasses and opening up the canvass for fresh ideas. Wondering what's going on? TWO new community gardens for Ukiah residents!
During the next month, The Gardens Project will be working with our partners and future gardeners to create community gardens at Village Circle & Gobbi near the train trackers, and in Vinewood Park just north of Low Gap.
Vinewood Gardener Interest Meeting
Vinewood Park Community Garden is a collaboration between the City of Ukiah and The Gardens Project. The Garden will be located along the North end of the park, along the fence line in an area underused and covered in ivy. The garden will provide 12 wheel-chair accessible raised beds as well as 16 additional beds for neighboring families and individuals. Pinoleville YouthBuild, our most valuable partner in garden construction, will be building the fence and raised beds for the garden.
Preparing Village Circle for Gardening
Village Circle Community Garden will be developed in partnership with private land owners Kathy Brigham & Jim Lohr, and Sharon & Michael Shapiro. This garden will be one of the largest community gardens in Ukiah with 45 plots, second only to the State Street Garden which currently has 54 garden plots. Gardeners from the Cleveland Lane Community Garden will transition to this new garden after their garden closes due to expansion of the Grace Hudson Museum at the end of this year. Directly south of the garden are the Summer Creek apartments, who's residents will also be joining in with the garden. Thank you to Jason Dolan and Dark Horse Farming Company for providing labor and materials for the fencing!
Though we encourage those surrounding community gardens to join, anyone in Ukiah (or sometimes even surrounding towns like Redwood Valley, Calpella and Talmage) are welcome to join! If you want to grow food and need a place to do it, with a community of people to learn from and enjoy- give us a call! 462-1958.
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