Building a Community Garden

Last Wednesday was an especially gratifying day as four city staff, sixteen FFA students and four garden committee members prepared our community garden.  It seemed overwhelming when we started at 8:00 AM today but by 2:00 pm the garden was built. It was such an awesome process that I had to share it on the blog

Plotting out our strategies for the day
FFA students and their advisor building a 3-bin compost site
City Staff & Students plotted out the garden

20 cubic yards of compost spread on top of the plots and then tilled in
After tilling the soil was raked and smoothed
Soil Samples were taken from different areas of the garden for testing
Compost Bins finished
Garden plots completed, number and ready to open April 21st

Next steps

  • A 6 foot chain link fence will be built by a fencing company labor free
  • Signage for the garden
  • Picnic Bench
  • 10 foot tool shed to be built by a local Eagles Club
  • Outdoor kiosk installed to publish upcoming events and classes

About Terri Henkels

Over 15 years of service in public health including Director of the Polk County Health Department until retirement. A Volunteer facilitating the Healthy Altoona Partnership.
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