Happy Camp’s Community Garden

Bushy June 2008
The plan for the community garden that will be built is very exciting! It was Morgan Caulfield who made the presentation at Klamath River Valley Christian Women’s Club luncheon. Morgan is a volunteer and on the Community Garden Committee at the Family Resource Center.The best part is that the inspection for the 18×24 greenhouse will be done before you read this column! That will be a great step toward garden construction.

Morgan had a sketch entire plan for the 1.3 acres which helps to appreciate all the good potential… There will be grape arbors, trees and a rose garden. A wetland area will continue to be wet although the willows will be cleaned out and native plants grown.

The Garden will provide access to fresh produce and plants to our community. Healthy food possibilities will be in special raised beds (i.e. cancer preventative, healthy heart etc). There will be a grassy area where plant and flower starts will be sold, since the garden is intended to be self sustaining. There will also be an outdoor cooking area and place for picnics and places to sit and visit with friends.

The community garden will make opportunities for all parts of the community. You, your family or organization may adopt a tree or a raised bed. There will be walkways that will allow access for the handicapped. While the senior citizen may take a short leisurely stroll, those with more energy may build their fitness through longer walks stopping at exercise stations. Benches will be available to just enjoy the beauty of the rose garden. If you are a beginner in gardening or want to lean new skills, such as starting a grape arbor, there will be classes on a variety of topics.

Community gardens promote healthy communities and can provide good healthy food for many low income persons. Those who participate in community gardening project grow healthy food while they make use of the space that hasn’t been used productively previously. As a meeting place and place to work together with green growing things, the Community garden can strengthen community bonds; provide recreational and even therapeutic opportunities for our Klamath River community. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more about the Family Resource Gardening project give them a call! Perhaps this is your year to have a really fantastic gardening experience!

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