UUCY Community and Family Gardens
Belief into Action
Family Garden Plots
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.
The Family Garden Plots are a companion program to the Community Garden, which is a single large plot also on UUCY grounds.
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, 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 May 1.
This website provides gardening information and websites about gardening.
Upgrades to the Family Garden Program for 2016
Work Day Tool Availability.
We’ll be starting Saturday morning work days for the Community Gardens in the spring, which means the garage will be open, and tools will be available. 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”.
We’re starting to plan a “preserving potluck”, where participants bring their harvest, and we do a group preserving action, so you can grow a lot and save it to eat over the winter. If you think you would be interested, let me know.
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.
Read our March 2016 Garden News!
Garden Rededication, April 24, 2016