Community garden planning begins|
|It was snowing in Antigo this morning, but that’s not stopping plans for the upcoming community garden season. |
The Antigo Community Garden, located behind the Antigo United Methodist Church, will have 71 plots available to anyone interested in growing a garden this year. During the 2013 growing season, the community garden produced over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce for gardeners.
“The Community Garden is a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn a little bit more about gardening, or is available to those who do not have the tools or space available to them,” coordinator Barb McIlquham said. “It’s also a great way to meet new people and enjoy the great outdoors.”
The garden is offering 12 by 20 foot gardening plots that are rototilled and ready for planting to anyone who is open to digging in the dirt and wanting to experience fresh, great-tasting vegetables throughout the summer. Seeds will be available for free as supplies last through a generous donation from Old Seeds through the Antigo Country Store. Tools, supplies and water are also available for your use.
Once a plot is planted, the garden committee asks that it be maintained through the harvest of all vegetables and clean-up. Weeds must also be kept under control.
“The garden will be shared by many people, so it is important that everyone with a plot is respectful,” McIlquham said. “This means keeping your plot maintained and free of tools, garbage and weeds.”
Gardeners may also find that they have grown more vegetables than they will use.
“We encourage you to donate excess fruit and vegetables to the local food pantry,” McIlquham said.
A minimal donation of $20 is suggested to help keep the community garden growing year after year.
Anyone planning on registering for a plot is asked to attend an orientation meeting on May 14 at 5 p.m. at the Antigo United Methodist Church where policies/procedures will be shared. Free seeds, while supplies last, will also be available.
For further details or to register for a plot, contact McIlquham at (715) 627-7625 or (715) 219-3436. Applications for plots are also available at the Antigo Public Library, Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, and the Langlade County UW-Extension office.
Despite soggy conditions, plans are moving forward for the Community Garden, shown in a 2013 photo.