Church youth group builds plot boxes
I am a participating founder and member of the steering committee of our local non-profit Green Team. Our mission:
The Green Team was developed to act as a catalyst to facilitate, educate, promote, and encourage sustainable green business practices that will lead to positive, measurable business,community, and environmental results.
Delivering & dumping compost (left & below)
We began this endeavor in 2007. Our biggest accomplishment to date,in my opinion, are the Community Gardens. Beginning with one location last summer, we expanded to four sites this Summer in geographically separated areas. Pretty exciting! Each site is borrowed land and contains a certain number of salable plots to anyone with $25. Each site has a "giving garden" which all plot owners are supposed to help maintain.
The "giving gardens" are planted with all manner of vegetables and require weeding and de-bugging. This is all organic so no sprays or toxics. One of our locations is a parcel on a wonderful farm with rich soil. This was the last location to come on board and, as such, has only two plot owners. As a result, the Green Team members are caring for the giving gardens here. They are most substantial on this site due to the soil.
Boy Scouts spread sawdust & compost
Yesterday we hoed, raked, pitch forked & hand pulled weeds for three hours. Only 3 of us showed up. Thank God I've been doing weight training. It gave me stamina and strength to do the work. Backbreaking? Whoa! I haven't picked up a hoe in years! I maintain my flower gardens but I no longer grow veggies nor would I ever let anything become as overgrown with weeds as were these. Three people worked 3 hours & only cleared about 100 square feet. I sure have respect for small farmers and the pioneers of old.
Hand made gate using de-barked maple
The giving garden produce will go to free food services that prepare meals for the hungry as well as to local food banks.
These photos are from our most perfect site in a tiny town nearby. A huge variety of folks pitched in to build this garden as you can see from the photographs. It truly embodies the spirit of "community".
Rainwater capture barrel, pump and hose created by the town's highway dept.