Save the Date!
The annual Plant Sale is coming up April 27th, from 9am-1pm at Alder Creek Farm's Community Garden. Stay tuned for more information about this gardener favorite event.
From Community Garden Manager Karen Mathews:
Working with the youth of our community is one of my favorite parts of my role at Alder Creek Farm Community Garden...
This year we have strengthened our programming with Wilson River School Oregon Youth Conservation Corp and have had the students help on projects over the winter months. Their strong bodies and “can do” attitude working on physically demanding tasks at the farm and garden has provided benefits for both organizations.
The students are given project objectives, tools to use, and ideas on how to accomplish the goals. With a focus on safety we work together to make improvements and complete tasks. One of the key elements of the program is providing the students with a sense of accomplishment, work skills, personal interaction with adults, role modeling in the work place and more.
This past month we rebuilt our raised beds; raising them to meet American with Disabilities Act standards and refreshing the planting medium for the growing season. In April, the students will assist in preparing for our annual plant sale scheduled for April 27th at 9 a.m.; the last Saturday of the month. They are learning about gardening and can put that knowledge to use in the Wilson River School Garden as well as in their own gardens; teaching skills for a lifetime!