Saturday, May 26, there will be a work party at the garden from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
We’ll be building a short bamboo fence around the large oaks (to discourage
folks from walking in an area which still has some poison oak.) And we need to attach
the newly installed rabbit fence to the main fence with small pieces of wire. Leah may
need help building some wooden beds in the southeast corner. And we continue to need folks to pick up the asphalt that is spread
throughout the site.
Please bring water, a hat, gloves if you have them, and sunscreen.
Come on. You know you want to be there. On Saturday, May 12 there will be a work day at the garden. Come on over between 9:00 AM and 11:30. We will be working picking up trash, spreading wood chips, building a straw wattle garden bed, and digging trenches for the rabbit fence. And take a look at the progress:[slideshow]
Wow, the Community Garden is a beehive of activity. By tomorrow afternoon you will be amazed! We promise. But first – a shout out. What does a non profit, community garden that is just getting started do when it needs to chip up a bunch of tree branches that are more than a home chipper can handle? You call our friends at Traverso Tree and ask if they have a crew in Lafayette. We did. They did. And now we have wood chips. A lot can happen when a community pulls together.[slideshow]
It’s been a long time coming, and it required the tenacity of the Sustainable Lafayette Food Group, including Janet Thomas, to finally create a community garden in Lafayette.
The community can visit the community garden site on Earth Day, April 22, along Mt. Diablo Blvd. across from the Reservoir. But if you want to become a member of the garden, you must work there two hours a week, take your crop home – and sign up early. The first plants are not in the soil yet but 50 families have already signed up and only four spots are left for this year. The garden will also serve as an outdoor education center, free and open to the public.
“I’ve noticed that good ideas that help people have a way of taking on a life of their own,” said Drew Holland, whose 2010 Eagle Scout gleaning project harvested enough fruit to feed 280 people for one day.
Siamack Sioshansi is founder of The Urban Farmers, the nonprofit group that supported Holland’s ambitions. In 2011, the organization expanded the Holland tradition, gathering over 5,000 pounds of fruit for the needy, and perishable produce for animals at Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
This year, Sioshansi’s irresistibly enthusiastic bucket brigade has grown again. More than 50 people attended the recent kickoff, leaving $1,000 in donations for much-needed equipment they will use to harvest the fruit in three months’ time.