Greetings, October! It finally feels like fall, signaling the end of many gardens for the season. Other gardens are taking advantage of season extension methods to keep on growing. At Harper Acres, participants will be learning how to set up hoop houses over their raised beds. The Rec. Center will continue harvesting for a short while more and then CATCH youth will put the beds to rest with a cover crop of winter rye. If you’re wondering what hoop houses and cover crops are, stay tuned. We’ll share more on CGC sites’ fall garden activities soon.
While veggie growth may be slowing for the season, CGC is just beginning our new application cycle for two to three more garden sites. We’re excited to visit potential sites and hear organizational visions of how they might integrate raised bed gardens into their programming. We’re accepting applications through October 21st. If you know of any organizations that might be interested in applying, or if you are curious, our application materials can be found here: Apply to be a Garden Site.
In our effort to get the word out about our application, a few weeks ago, several CGC coordinators ventured over to Keene State’s Community Organization Fair with applications in hand. Traveling from table to table, we were struck by how many organizations are interested in having raised bed gardens as part of their programming for participants. Though at this time we don’t have the resources to help every organization start their raised bed garden adventures, we’ve been pondering how we’ll expand our model for the future to support interest and needs in the Keene community. We’d love to hear your ideas.
How might CGC expand our model, and/or collaborate with others, to support organizations and individuals interested in garden programming and greater food access?
For organizations that are interested in having gardens, but don’t feel the CGC model is accessible/feasible for you, what would make the model work for you?
Please spread the word about our application and join in our conversations!