December End-of-Season Update Brad spent the last of the money donated for the garden in 2023 to within a dollar of the allotted funds on the lumber for three tall planters. He intends to find some nice weather in Dec. to complete the construction of the boxes. Classic Construction removed all the decayed lumber removed earlier this year but now we need to dispose of more. Does anybody know how and/or where we can do this?
We removed the tomato cages from the garden a few weeks ago and managed to get them into the shed in addition to twenty bags of compost that are also in there. Please be careful if you open the shed so you don’t have anything crashing down onto you!
Once again thanks to everyone for your diligent care of the garden this year. Plan on meeting sometime in February to discuss plans for 2024. I’ll send an email next month so we can determine a date best for all.
The Community Garden was established by the parish social justice ministry in 2011 as an outreach to the surrounding Fairfield community. It is located directly across the street from the church on the corner of 9th Ave. and 15th St. Fresh fruits and vegetables are provided at no cost to the residents of what had been identified as a “food desert.”
The garden has twelve 3-foot-tall beds and ten 1-foot-tall beds. The taller beds have a ledge that can serve as a seat while harvesting or weeding.
While a team of parish and community volunteers plant and maintain the garden, the produce is free for anyone to harvest and enjoy. The only request is that each person picks only what can be eaten that day and that the rest can be left for others. A message board communicates what is ready to harvest at various times during the growing season. Each planter has a sign describing what is planted in the box and what the produce will look like when it is ready for harvest.
The St. Peter Claver parish community is honored by the dedicated volunteers who maintain the garden for the benefit of the Fairfield community. Further information about volunteering or harvesting in the garden can be obtained by calling the garden coordinator at (304) 315-2695.