Recently, many volunteers came together to organize and build a garden at the Kearney Center for the homeless. Master Gardening Student Carroll Murrell coordinated the building project and over a period of a couple of weeks, eight beautiful 8 x 10 raised beds were built, filled with garden soil and compost, amended with worm castings, and planted with winter vegetables. It is truly a labor of love. This week, only a few weeks later, the first meal was served using greens and lettuce from the garden to supplement the meal being served. Thanks to Extension Agent Molly Jameson, to Carroll and to all the many others who contributed to the establishment of this beautiful garden.
A number of shelter clients participated in the construction and planting. It is hoped that they will continue to be involved. Even among the observers there were many reminiscing about childhood memories of family gardens and the delicious meals produced from them.
On the planning board are a micro irrigation system and compost bins.