In a matter of weeks, we've built or prepped more than 35 garden beds (counting our community garden expansion, our new Mulberry Street community garden, all of our school and youth center gardens, and six retro-fitted planters in front of the county's busiest food pantry.) None of it really registered until we reflected on it this week; planning is just planning until you act. And so it begins.
We were fortunate this past weekend to dodge the rainy weather in time to finish our garden installations. At each of our sites, we had a great group of Wilmington College student volunteers, who now all have a direct connection to our efforts in building and sustaining a fresh food economy in Clinton County. We hope they're proud of their work.
Volunteer Mike Newman helps 5-year-old Felix Campbell flip sod at one of our garden sites, the Clinton County Youth Council.
GFGH Growers Co-op Coordinator Aileen Ash and WC volunteer Sara Douglass move a garden bed frame to the garden site at the Mulberry Street community garden.
Future garden beds, former vacant planters, across from Sugartree Ministries
All of this, even before we begin our backyard garden installations around the county next week.
Below is a photo slideshow of our Mulberry Street community garden construction.