Growing a community garden: New members welcome at Grand Junction’s Main Street plot
WHAT: Grand Junction Main Street Community Garden
WHEN: Now through October
WHERE: 1006 Main St., Grand Junction
COST: $50 per household
Ilana Moir isn’t afraid to get a little dirt under her fingernails, especially when she’s working at Grand Junction’s Main Street Community Garden (1006 Main St.).
She is among 40 other members working together each week to plant, harvest and care for the project. It’s currently in its seventh season.
“When I first joined it was a great to have an opportunity for fresh produce and putting work in,” Moir said. “It’s amazing the connections and friendships that have formed in the garden.”
Memberships cost $50 per household, plus at least 10 hours of committed work between April and October. The cost covers seeds, water bills, soil and other items needed throughout the season. On Tuesdays and Saturdays each week, members gather at the garden and pull weeds, tend to the plants, and harvest produce.
“We have people of all generations — from babies to retirees helping,” Moir said. “It’s about getting people connected.”
The lot sits on about one-tenth of an acre and includes produce like tomatoes, herbs, strawberries and peppers.
During work sessions members can take home a portion of what is available each week.
“People are flexible on what is taken,” Moir said.
She noted what’s left over for the week is donated to a local nonprofit like Latimer House or Catholic Outreach.
“It’s nice to be able to give back throughout the season,” Moir said.
The community garden can host up to 40 people each season, and membership isn’t limited to residence.
“We try to keep it in the neighborhood, but some people work downtown so it may be a perfect fit,” Moir said.
Nina Pinette, co-organizer, added that having a community garden is a good resource. Plus, a community garden may be best for some folks who enjoy having fresh vegetables, but like to take vacations or head out of town.
“It’s a nice thing to have and a lot of people value it,” Pinette said. “It’s important for people to have a local resource for food.”
Members also often host pot lucks, which Moir said includes lots of vegetables from the garden.
To learn more, visit http://www.gjmainstreetcommunitygarden.blogspot.com.
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