Located in the lower field, this garden was developed in 2011 with a federal grant. The 12 session course was called Grow it,Cook it,Eat it. We taught participants to grow, harvest and preserve their own food. It doesn’t matter if you live in a condo or a house, rent or own, you can grow your own amazing food and it can be easy! Our students and volunteers help our Head Gardener look after this garden now. We have raised beds and drip irrigation.
We implement sustainable food practices such as crop rotation, succession planting, companion planting, planting to attract pollinators and beneficials, collecting seed and cover cropping. We grow what we like to eat. Organic gardening practices should nurture and enhance life in a diverse ecosystem to ensure long term ability of the soil to produce crops. We learn as we grow and keep a garden journal to record what we learn. Gardening is the ultimate in experimental learning. Observations about how and when to grow crops best are part of our local and regional culture and part of our mission as an educational, demonstration garden.
West Coast Seed has partnered with us to donate seeds for this garden. We trial new and unusual seeds every year.