UUCY Community and Family Gardens
Belief into Action
Family Garden Program
This gives members of the local community the opportunity to grow their own food, taking control of what they eat and where it comes from. People sign up for the season, so that they can grow their own food.
Experience is not required! Inexperienced gardeners are paired with a mentor to give advice and share their knowledge.
The cost is kept low, and gardeners are expected to do all planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. In return gardeners keep everything they grow.
The Family Garden Plots are a companion program to the Community Garden, which is a single large plot also on UUCY grounds.
The Family Garden is located at the northeast corner of the property, where the alley forming the north edge of the property meets Duke Street. It's a three block walk down Duke Street from Jackson Elementary.
How does it work?
There are a number of plots available on a first-commit-first-serve basis. We add more plots as time and money allow.
The plots are located just a few blocks from Jackson Elementary. There is a water tank for the use of the gardeners.
Gardeners sign up for one season, and can renew each year. We make the plots available and you garden.
How do I get a plot?
For new gardeners it works like this:
1. Contact the coordinator (see the "Here Are More Details" part below for contact information), tell him you want a plot.
2. Sometimes there’s a waiting list, when there are more gardeners than plots.
3. When a plot is available he contacts the next person on the waiting list (you, right?).
4. You then get a plot by doing three things:
For returning gardeners it works like this:
Returning gardeners must renew each year for a plot (its not automatic) but will be given first preference and permitted to keep the same plot if they wish. Plots are held until January 31.
This website provides gardening information and websites about gardening.
Upgrades to the Family Garden Program for 2016
Work Day Tool Availability.
Saturday morning work days for the Community Gardens start in the spring, which means the garage will be open, and tools will be available. The start time is usually 10:00, and varies a bit with the weather (earlier if a hot day, cancelled if stormy). If your schedule permits working on your plot Saturday mornings, this is an opportunity to use the various tools the church has, such as:
· Watering cans
The church now owns a tiller. If you want to get your plot tilled contact me to arrange it.
Canning/Preserving Potluck in Fall.
Some of you told me that you were unprepared for the amount of food that you harvested in a short amount of time. You are not alone! There’s even a cookbook for that exact situation, called “Too Many Tomatoes, What To Do When The Garden Explodes”.
Why am I tell you this in the spring? So that you can plan, of course. Like lots of tomato sauce in your cooking? Salsa? Go ahead and plant all those tomatoes and peppers.
Here are more details.