Room to grow at Cardiff Community Garden
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – For those who feel Wulfsohn Road is too far to go to grow vegetables, a new community garden has taken root in the Cardiff Glen neighborhood.
The garden is on less than an acre of city-owned land in the neighborhood, which is next to the municipal airport in South Glenwood.
Garden manager Patrick Murphy said less than half of the garden area is being used by the current crop of eight gardens, including two plots being cultivated by Murphy.
That means there is plenty of room to grow.
The idea occurred to Murphy in October of 2010, while he was working on his garden plot at the Glenwood Springs Community Garden near the Glenwood Springs Community Center and Glenwood Meadows.
“I wanted to build one down at the other end of town,” he noted, giving residents at the south end of town a closer option.
“Plus, they have a waiting list,” he said of the original garden. “They were full.”
He approached the volunteers in charge of that garden and asked if they would mind if he started up another one, and they were enthusiastically supportive.
“They really paved the way for us to do this,” he said of the Glenwood Springs Community Garden organization.
Aside from building on the basic premise of that original garden, now in its third year, Murphy is using the same lease and utilities agreement for the Cardiff Glen property as was drawn up for the Wulfsohn Road gardens.
Turning to the city next, he said, officials said they would be happy to help and suggested a parcel of land that had once been destined for sand-volleyball courts surrounded by a grassy lawn.
“The city has been really cooperative about this,” he said. “The water was already stubbed in, so all we had to do was build the fence.”
With a group of volunteers, Murphy got the fence project started, buying lumber and wire and getting some big corner posts for free from the Union Pacific Railroad.
“There are a lot of deer around here,” he noted.
He conceded that the fence may not be high enough yet to impede a large and hungry buck or doe, but there are plans for a little added height in the future.
The volunteers also erected a tubular steel gate, and Murphy’s friend, artist Roger Cardee, created an attractive sign for the entrance along Stockton Road, across the street from the northeastern edge of Cardiff Glen.
Inside the fence are the eight working garden plots and a large pile of wood chips for mulch, donated by Holy Cross Energy.
Murphy figures he can fit 15 garden plots inside the existing fencing, and the group could move the southern fence back if demand warrants expansion.
Plots are $40 per year, for a space 10 by 15 feet. The fee covers the cost of irrigation water, and insurance required by the city.
Murphy, who works at the Old Snowmass Post Office and as a geography teacher at Colorado Mountain College, said those interested in the Cardiff Glen Garden for 2012 can sign up through Cardiff Community Garden on Facebook.
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