Spring is springing for Kernville’s community garden, and coordinators Steve Anderson and Katie Devries hope to have gardeners planting in the plots as early as this week. Volunteers still have some issues to work out, though.
Depending on a grant that did not come through, Anderson said he and the volunteers have been working within a very tight budget. Volunteers have helped clear weeds, roll large rocks from the area, remove dying trees, build a few raised garden plots, put in pipes for irrigation, and build a 4-foot tall fence surrounding the area. Anderson said the garden is a means of contributing to the community, especially the children. He said, “It gives kids the opportunity to garden, enjoy the air, and have locally-grown food.”
Operating as a sub-committee under the Chamber, the garden will offer local and organic, pesticide-free produce. The current goal, said Anderson, is to charge gardeners $25 per year for his or her own plot, along with a refundable $35 deposit in case of plot-abandonment. The deposit would cover the service of a volunteer taking over the plot. Anderson is hoping to create 20 to 30 raised plots in the 100-foot by 50-foot garden area. If anyone is unable to get the supplies to build the plots, he added, he is willing to buy the materials and accept reimbursement later. For people unable to afford the material, Anderson is working on obtaining grants to help cover the costs.
Garden volunteers Donna Jackson and Jim Bower said they are looking for donations to the garden and possibly a wheel barrow. Anderson added they could also use a scraper to clear weeds and level the plots, as well as any treated dimensional lumber. With hard work and dedication from volunteers, the community garden will soon be in full bloom. For more information or to offer services, contact Steve Anderson at 760-413-8478.
Two of the garden's raised plots on leveled ground. The bottoms will be lined with wire to protect plant roots from gophers. The plots could be ready for gardening as early as this week. Jennifer Fankhauser/Kern Valley Sun Administrator, KRVR.org email@example.com
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