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News Community Volunteers needed for community garden at Cowee Heritage Center

The Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is the site of a proposed community garden.

On Monday, April 8, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers will construct 10, 12’x4’ raised beds. All materials and tools will be on site and Ed Haight, engineer, designer, and builder, will direct the project. Skilled workers are needed. Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch. Cowee Community Development Organization will provide snacks and drinks. These raised beds will be both beautiful and practical, being easier to work for people of all ages.


At 5:30 p.m., there will be a meeting of all interested gardeners in the school cafeteria. You can reserve a plot and participate in deciding on the guidelines that will be applied to all gardens. A 12’x4’ raised bed will be assigned to each gardener on a first-come, first served basis for a voluntary $25 fee. People from all over the county are invited to participate. Refreshments will be provided by CCDO.

Monday, April 15, starting at 9 a.m., will be Dirt Day. Good rich compost will have been delivered to the site and lots of strong backs will be needed to wheelbarrow and shovel the dirt into the raised bed frames. Bring your own lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided by CCDO.

On Saturday, April 20, is the official ground breaking. Plans for this celebration will be made at the garden meeting on April 15. Those who have rented plots will be able to plant any time after that.

Workshops and activities are planned throughout the growing season as well as weekly group work days when you can work in your own plot and learn from fellow gardeners. Workshop topics will be appropriate to the gardening season — when and how to plant, growing seedlings, a plant and seed trading day, how to take care of your garden, soil improvement, pest and disease control, using the harvest; potluck dinners using the harvest; and sharing the harvest with community food programs and heritage center events.

For more information, to volunteer for a work day, or to talk about reserving a raised bed, call Susan Ervin at (828)524-8369.


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