Health & Education

Garden Corner -- June 15, 2015

06.12.2015 Dean Rhodes Health & Wellness, Events

By Kristy DeLoe

Food Sustainability Program manager

Good day from the Community Garden. There have been many things going on around the garden since our last column.

May 16 was our very first Farmers Market in Grand Ronde at Grand Ronde Station. We had six booths and are adding two more for the June 20 Farmers Market. Come check out all we have from lavender soap, lawn art, sweets, wood signs, local raised meats to anything we have coming from the garden.

We held our annual Plant Day on May 23 and are pleased to say we had 30 people show up to check out the garden and lend a helping hand. We cannot express enough our gratitude for all the interest in helping this year. A few workers returned May 30 to finish planting and we are happy to say that the garden is fully planted for this year. To date we have harvested 65 pounds of strawberries that are safely frozen to use for jams and much more.

On May 29 we were blessed with a group of Nike employees who came out and toured the garden. They were even nice enough to plant three beds and also pick about 15 pounds of strawberries. This group was amazing and we would love to have them back anytime. Talking about what we are doing here in Grand Ronde and talking about their duties at Nike was a great time while digging in the dirt with the mountains surrounding us with amazing scenery.

If you are interested in working at the Community Garden, please contact Kristy DeLoe 503-879-2018 or Patti LeClaire 503-879-2145.  There will be a worker at the garden most Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. However, please call to make sure! We will gladly welcome any help.