Community garden planting begins in May

Posted 4/23/10

City staff and volunteers have irrigation faucets in place, wooden stakes set to mark off the plots and walkways are covered with crushed rock as a …

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Community garden planting begins in May


City staff and volunteers have irrigation faucets in place, wooden stakes set to mark off the plots and walkways are covered with crushed rock as a once grassy area is now transformed into Englewood’s community garden.

“The garden area is taking shape and the timing is good because our first gardener work day is May 1, so gardeners can edge their plots plus help construct a pair of raised gardens for our handicapped residents,” said Joe Sack, Malley Senior Recreation Center supervisor, who also is helping coordinate establishing the community garden. “Gardeners can begin working their plots and planting their crops the week of May 3 and we’ll have a dedication ceremony May 15.”

The land for the community garden is located east of the Englewood Depot and across the street from Cushing Park at West Dartmouth Street and South Fox Street.

City crews removed the sod, plowed the land and marked off the plots. They also put in the pipes and set up the irrigation faucets.

Work continued April 16 when a group of four volunteers transformed the pile of crushed rock into the surface for the paths between the plots.

Lisa Bult directed the effort while doing her share of shovel work.

“I am with Denver Urban Gardens and have two volunteers with me to help put in the paths,” she said. “We got started and Englewood resident Joe Fleenor came up to pitch in and help so things are moving along quite well.”

Denver Urban Gardens is a 25-year-old organization focused on helping establish community gardens. Englewood enlisted the assistance of the organization in planning and setting up the community garden, marking the 100th garden Denver Urban Gardens has helped establish.

Bult and Denver Urban Garden intern Adrian Hagan worked along side Fleenor and DUG volunteer Maguni Darme.

Darme said she signed up as a volunteer because she likes gardening.

“I am in the country three months from my home in France. I volunteer to work in the gardens to get outside and get exercise,” she said. “It is fun and I have found it is a good way to meet people and to help me speak better English plus help set up gardens for people to grow their own vegetables.”

The project brings the community garden back to Englewood.

The city had a community garden from 1998 located just west of South Santa Fe Drive near the Englewood Golf Course. There was interest early but, the soil wasn’t the greatest and access was difficult so eventually participation fell off dramatically and, in 2004, the program was discontinued.

But the desire to have a community garden didn’t go away and, last year, the discussion began to re-establish an area for a community garden.

The discussion led to a joint effort by the Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission and the Denver Urban Gardens to make it happen.

Councilmember Jill Wilson helped spearhead the effort, and the city council agreed to assign land to the project.

The area was designed to accommodate 22 garden plots that were each 12 feet square. There was also the provision to cut a plot in half so another gardener would have a place to raise produce.

Plots were assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All plots were assigned and several were split in half so currently 30 gardeners have plots assigned.

“We originally planned to assign 20 plots and keep two plots to raise produce for community food banks,” Sacks said. “However, because of demand, we assigned all the plots to our gardeners. However, there were a couple areas marked off to plant perennial flowers but, at least this year, we will use those areas for our community garden plots.”

Each gardener pays a plot fee of $25 to cover materials and the water used during the growing season. They also plus pay a $25 deposit that is refunded when the remaining vegetation is removed and the plot cleaned. As part of the project, those who garden the plots agree to put in 15 volunteer hours a year to help maintain the garden area.


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