Parent Category: Growing
Created on Monday, 22 June 2009 22:48
Written by Sallie Maron
Rock Farm Community Garden beckons gardeners to enter its tall gates while a 12-foot high deer fence announces that itinerant fo
ur-footed nibblers are not welcome. The garden owners, Anita and Phil Rockefeller, have created a large community garden with sixteen 10’x50’ planting beds filled with sandy loam and fish compost ready and waiting for aspiring gardeners.
The new garden “presents an opportunity for people to get to know one another, to become more familiar with where food comes from and to understand our mutual interdependence,” Anita said. It's the newest addition to Sound Food's Community Garden Map.
One of the first gardeners to heed the call was Stewart Washington who brought a tray full of vegetab
le starts last week. He quickly expanded from a 10’x10’ space to a 10’x20’ area as he began his planting. A former chef, Stewart knows how good freshly harvested food tastes, and he’s delighted to be part of this particular garden. The modest fee for the space is clearly a good investment in growing food and community.
This sunny field on NE Tolo Road has seen its share of agricultural activity over the years. It has produced strawberries and raspberries, as well as being cultivated as a pumpkin patch by the local Boy Scouts. Proceeds from the pumpkin patch were donated to Helpline House. The field is once again poised to aid Helpline's food bank. The Rockefellers are growing 50 tomato plants, with the expected crop of fresh tomatoes earmarked for the local social service organization. They also encourage those with garden plots to consider sharing their bounty.
Care for the community and the environment is at the heart of this garden, and the guidelines have been laid out as throughtfully as the planting beds. The application form welcomes gardeners "to the wonderful world of fresh air, healthy outdoor exercise, sunshine, beautiful flowers and bountiful vegetables!" It's an invitation that's hard to resist.
The community has already embraced the Rockefeller’s vision in a wonderful way. A number of individuals and businesses have contributed to the development of the garden, and Anita is planning an artful fence display to thank them. It’s just part of what makes this garden such a treasure
You can find other treasures like Rock Farm Community Garden on the new Sound Food Community Garden map