Starting a Garden from Seed: The Fort Riley Community Victory Gardens. Susan Schoneweis, MS, RD/LD Extension Agent – Nutrition & Health KSRE - Fort Riley. In this workshop we’ll discuss ideas on how to initiate and develop a community garden.
Susan Schoneweis, MS, RD/LD
Extension Agent – Nutrition & Health
KSRE - Fort Riley
In this workshop we’ll discuss ideas on how to initiate and develop a community garden.
The Fort Riley Community Victory Garden was built in 2010 to promote community, resiliency, and sustainability.
The gardens provide Soldiers & Families space to grow food to improve their nutrition & finances and space to restore body, mind & spirit.
In 2011, a demonstration plot managed by KSRE will supply fresh vegetables for nutrition and cooking classes. If an on-post food bank is established in the future, we hope to provide fresh produce for it.
“Build a garden plot in Forsyth to promote community, resiliency, and sustainability and we'll invite Mrs. Obama to it in the spring.”
so we did….
Dr. Charles Marr, retired KSU Extension Vegetable Specialist
General Petersen presents his Helping Hand Award to Dr. Chuck Marr, KSU Prof. Emeritus – Vegetable Crops Specialist
…and several more
Area identified by Picerne as River Road Park Phase 1, including Community Garden with 12 plots
Other potential areas within Picerne footprint to consider as location of community garden
The FRCVG currently has 72 20’ x 20’ plots
Some thieves were caught; the lady said she and all her neighbors came to pick vegetables because “it’s a community garden.”
She also said she didn’t see the sign…. Which is on the gate!
Fences, hoses, hose guards, compost tumblers, picnic tables, tool shed, trash service
For those desperate times…..
Colonel Brown and the Honor Family Ribbon Cutters do the deed….
Surprise poem & plant left by a recently deployed romantic & sneaky Soldier. Spring 2011.
Autumn 2010… (Soldier holding an armful of vegetables) “you don’t realize how much the garden helped my wife keep her sanity while I was deployed and I got to come home to this.”
Earth Day 2010…. Indoor ribbon cutting due to rain… …………….Earth Day 2011 looked similar!
Followed by a couple more months of flooding
Fort Riley Community Victory Gardens…
….growing resiliency & Families… one plant at a time