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Growing Great Gardens in Grant and Adams Counties. Community Garden Projects of the WSU Master Gardeners of Grant and Adams Area Extension. Erik Lampi, Program Coordinator Spring 2010. Community Gardens, Schools and Students. Before a garden is started, know the needs of the community

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growing great gardens in grant and adams counties

Growing Great Gardens in Grant and Adams Counties

Community Garden Projects of the WSU Master Gardeners of Grant and Adams Area Extension

Erik Lampi, Program Coordinator

Spring 2010

community gardens schools and students
Community Gardens, Schools and Students
  • Before a garden is started, know the needs of the community
    • Who will host the garden and who will provide water?
    • What functions will the garden perform?
    • Who in the community will teach, lead, guide, and oversee?
    • Who will participate in gardening?
community gardens produce food for participating gardeners and for local food banks

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Community gardens produce food for participating gardeners and for local food banks.

local master gardeners provide training and supervision at garden sites

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Local Master Gardeners, provide training and supervision at garden sites.

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Teachers will have garden space for students to practice skills in observation, math, science, and language.

Students will have volunteer opportunities.

Gardeners will have garden space.

Food Banks will benefit from donations of produce.

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Grand CouleeSponsored by the Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union and the Grand Coulee Dam School District

Several garden sites will be used in this community, a main one at the Credit Union and school gardens at the elementary and middle schools.

moses lake north sponsored by the housing authority of grant county

Moses Lake NorthSponsoredbyTheHousingAuthority of Grant County

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By locating this community garden at the new Doolittle Park, parents can garden while their children get exercise at the new playground.

othello sponsored by the othello church of the nazarene

OthelloSponsoredbytheOthelloChurch of theNazarene

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This community garden makes use of a planned buffer zone between the church\'s new parking area and the surrounding property.

royal city sponsored by the royal city school district

Royal CitySponsoredbythe Royal City SchoolDistrict

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This is undeveloped land owned by the school district. The city of Royal City is donating the installation of water to the property line.

mattawa sponsored by the wahluke school district

MattawaSponsored by the Wahluke School District

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Wahluke School District got a start on their project last year. This year has shown great enthusiasm and the project is growing.

benefits of gardening

Benefits of Gardening

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Gardening is low impact exercise and can reduce or prevent:

heart disease

obesity

diabetes

high blood pressure

Osteoporosis

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Benefits of Gardening

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Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables or express a preference for these foods

Garden programsofteninclude lessons on nutrition, resulting in greater knowledge about healthy eating

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Benefits of Gardening

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Recipes and cooking methods are shared that might not have been otherwise known.

Some vegetables are not grown commercially but are found in community gardens, so new and exciting flavor experiences are discovered.

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Benefits of Gardening

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A detailed study by George Ball, CEO of Burpee, determined that $50 of seed and fertilizer could produce $1,200 worth of store-bought vegetables.

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Benefits of Gardening

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Based on taste quality and cost to purchase, high value garden crops include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chard, cucumbers, eggplant, leaf lettuce, green onions, green peas, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes.

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Funding from the Lowe’s Foundation has been requested in the form of a grant of approximately $25,000.

With the Grant:

  • ADA accessible plots
  • Raised Beds
  • Shaded seating
  • Compost system
  • Drip irrigation
  • Garden Shed
  • Tools

Without the Grant:

  • ADA accessible plots
  • Compost system
  • Garden Shed
  • Tools
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WSU Grant/Adams Master Gardeners will be offering basic vegetable gardening classes in Othello, Grand Coulee, and Moses Lake. Master Gardeners will be available for gardening advice on site in Mattawa and Royal City. All locations will have a student volunteer training program offered in the spring.

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Sandra Mason, University of Illinois Extension Unit Educator, Horticulture & Environment  Champaign County Unit

Canaris, 1995; Libman, 2007; McAleese & Rankin, 2007; Pothukuchi, 2004; Lineberger & Zajicek, 2000; Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002; Koch, Waliczek & Zajicek, 2006; Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002; Pothukuchi, 2004

http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Shopping%20produce%20by%20the%20season.htm

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/as_the_cost_of_produce_rises_m.html

http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb0422/eb0422.pdf

need assessment
Need Assessment
  • Develop Committee with broad community representation.
  • Who needs to be involved?
  • What do we want to know from the community?
  • What process will we use to find these things out?
what is our purpose
What is our Purpose?
  • What model will we use for our community garden?
  • What function will the garden provide?
  • What volunteer opportunities/partnerships will we offer?
  • Food Band Produce?
  • Garden Space for Community Members—f families etc.
location partnerships
Location - Partnerships
  • Liability---who will cover this?
  • Utilities---water, power, etc…who will pay these?
    • Do we have funds, donations or fees to cover these?
  • Ground Prep—compost – top soil- equipment…
    • What do we need?
    • Who has these?
    • Where will we get them?
  • Garden Style—mounded, boxed/raised beds, flat
    • What will work best for our location, function, purpose?
sustainability
Sustainability
  • Identify project supervisors and trainers
  • Who has the “garden specific” knowledge?
    • Who has the interest that we might train?
    • What volunteer groups are interested in a project?
    • Service groups, youth groups, faith based groups, school groups, etc.
  • Local Support..look for opportunities for local businesses to donate/support to the project.
    • Give visible recognition to donations
resources partners
Resources - Partners
  • What do we need?
    • $$ - People – “stuff”
  • What do we have?
    • $$ - People – “stuff”
  • Who or where, are our current resources?
    • Businesses
    • Faith Based community
    • Grants
    • School-Community, etc.
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