[Planted in our garden] Tomatoes, beans, basil, oh my!

April 14, 2009 § 2 Comments

carrieCarrie Gibson
CAFB Communications VISTA

We’re proud to announce the latest Food Bank addition – a new community garden! Thanks go to the tenacious committee of CAFB staffers, as well as the outside inspiration and assistance from Dick Pierce, Austin Permaculture Guild teacher, and Sweet Pea, a Natural Gardener employee.

The Food Bank discussed a community garden for some time. Questions included: Who would do the weeding? How could we grow enough food to serve our Partner Agencies and make the investment worthwhile? Where could we find the space for such an operation?

After a presentation at the Natural Gardener about Square Foot Gardening, possibly the most economical and user-friendly garden method known, CAFB staffers realized, “Let’s build square foot garden beds and teach our Partner Agencies to build them too, enabling more people to have access to fresh produce!” 

Staff: Alex Cruz, Tania Jordanova, Kelly Camunez and Adrienne Lowenstein

Staff: Alex Cruz, Tania Jordanova, Kelly Camunez and Adrienne Lowenstein

On March 31, we put on our oldest blue jeans and spent the day outside laying mulch, organizing the 4×4 sq. foot wooden garden beds, shoveling dirt and planting a variety of vegetable seeds, plants and marigolds (side note: did you know that marigolds help keep the aphids away?)

See more garden photos here.

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