The local Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a community garden in Gardner. Gardner Community Garden (GCG) is in honor of Dale and Marcelle Baker, longtime farmers from the community. The land for the garden is west of Westside Park ball field #3 and South of Sacred Heart Catholic Church (555 W. Main St).
GCG’s four acres will consist of one acre of plot gardens to be used by individuals, families, or groups to grow produce for themselves. Plots will be 10 feet by 20 feet and will rent for the season. The remaining three acres will be used as a communal garden to grow bulk crops that take up more space (sweet corn, potatoes, onions, melons, and squash) and be tended by youth groups and local organizations. The produce from the communal garden will be offered first to the plot gardeners at a reduced price to supplement their crops, and the remainder will be given to those in need in the Gardner community.
There is a dual goal for GCG:
1. Give back to our community here in Gardner. Produce not consumed by members or sold to cover seed costs will be donated to those in need in the community.
2. Educate interested community members about how to grow their own food so they have a better understanding of what it takes to put our food on the table.
K-State Extension has offered to help with the technical/educational opportunities at GCG with curriculum and classroom guidance, as well as hands-on instruction.
The official “Kick-Off” information and sign-up meeting will be held at Gardner Library, Thursday, April 4, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Organizations and individuals wanting to help in the communal garden, and gardeners wanting a plot for their own should attend this meeting. Plots will be issued on a first come, first-served basis.
Anyone wishing to help manage the garden is invited to an administrative meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Sacred Heart Parish Center, 130 E. Warren, Gardner, KS.
For more information including plot costs, or to donate your time and talents, go to LINK or contact Brian Boutte at (913) 302-9808.
Donation of garden tools (tillers to garden hoses) would be most appreciated.