The new community garden at the Macon County Heritage Center at Cowee School is ready to go and raised beds are available to whoever would like a nice spot to garden this summer. Many people helped out to make this a reality.
First, we are very grateful for a generous donation from the Annie Dee Leatherman Smith family, which made the project possible. A memorial bench and a bed of flowers will commemorate her love for the Cowee Valley, its people and its wildflowers.
I would like to thank Ed Haight for designing the beds, getting the materials and fill, and supervising the construction. Thanks to Nelson Bates, who provided two big truck loads of compost. Thanks to Commissioner Ronnie Beale who heard about the huge task of shoveling all the dirt into the beds, which was proving quite difficult for us retirees who had volunteered, and arranged for a tractor to come do the job. Thanks to Chuck Raby for doing an impressive job with that tractor and getting done in one morning what would have taken many volunteer hours and produced many aching backs. Thanks to Jenny Collins and her Franklin High ag. students for coming out and finishing up the job with an impressive amount of labor done in less than an hour. And thanks to the Cowee Community members who have dedicated themselves to this project, especially Vern Davis, Norma Ivey, Beth Moberg, Eric Moberg, Pat Monahan, and John Rice.
Now, gardeners are welcome to sign up for a plot for the season and start planting. Each bed is 4’x12’x18” and is filled with good soil. We will have workshops and experienced gardeners on hand to help out all summer. Call (828)524-8369 for more information.
Susan Ervin — Franklin, N.C.