It has been a tough growing season for farmers all across the area, including our very own CASA Vegetable Garden. We had dedicated volunteers who worked weekly fighting weeds, weather, and insects to grow produce for our senior clients. In the last several months, especially as the blazing hot temperatures have cooled down, we have had multiple groups and individuals helping us get the garden back into better shape in hopes for a better growing season in 2020.
Thank you to Mike Self and his crew for reinforcing and building new storage areas for our fertilizer and other materials. Their work will help us better care for the supplies and materials used in the garden. In 2020 we are looking forward to a new addition of a greenhouse being built by Ben Pollock as his Eagle Scout project with Boy Scout Troop 343. This will allow seeds to be started and plants kept safer in harsher weather conditions. We will also be looking at the opportunity to build more raised beds throughout the garden. We have also seen our dedicated weekly volunteers making a big effort to clean up some areas surrounding the garden to improve safety and promote more growth in some areas.
Our biggest update is the hiring of our new Garden Services Coordinator for the CASA Vegetable Garden, Jennifer Hamilton. She was hired in October and is already busy making plans to upkeep and grow our garden. She has experience with community gardens and leading volunteers, so we are extremely fortunate to have her as part of the CASA team. If you want to know more about her you can meet her while working in the garden on one of the workdays mentioned below. She can’t wait to meet all of you!