We’ve been hosting meetings about the Project Eden Gardens, but I thought a post would be helpful for people who can’t make the meetings. The garden plan is easier to describe in conversation, but I’ll do my best. Feel free to email me with questions!
There are many ways to be involved with the gardens this year, primarily in the following ways:
- Be a plot holder. Each plot holder is responsible for a bed about 5 feet wide x 20 feet long. On half of it, Project Eden will plant seeds that will go directly to the Care Center food pantry. On the other half of it, the plot holder will plant whatever they want (within reason – we don’t want plots shading each other) based on the rules of the garden (click here for the contract for plot holders). In exchange for the use of the garden and water, the plot holder agrees to maintain the Project Eden half of the garden (i.e. weed, water, collect produce to take to the Care Center, etc.).
- Be a large plot leader. We will also have large (20 feet x 20 feet, approximately) plots for larger items like squashes, pumpkins, etc. We are hoping that small groups and/or ministries will take the lead for these plots, but we need people to recruit and organize for these plots. The produce from these plots will be shared among the garden volunteers and the Care Center. These plots will likely be less time-consuming in terms of the actual gardening, but may require more in terms of organizing and recruiting people.
- Be a general Project Eden Gardens volunteer. We need LOTS of help in all sorts of ways, and we’re looking to build a list of people who can help out on a more sporadic basis as needs arise.
- Other volunteer needs include the following: compost captains, Care Center liaisons, experienced gardeners who can be resources/mentors for beginners, and much more.