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Winterville Community Garden

Winterville is proud to now host its very own city-sponsored community garden near Pittard Park - 2018 is our fifth year and we hope you will come going in for the fun!

Winterville Community Garden vision:

The Winterville Community Garden is a place for sharing gardening knowledge in a collaborative environment; promoting self-sufficiency; providing healthy and productive activities for members of our community; promoting a chemical-free and sustainable source of food and beauty; and fostering a sense of community in Winterville. 

What is a community garden?

A community garden is a piece of land gardened by a group of people for the production of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Why join a community garden?

  • Space to grow food
  • Experience the fresh air
  • Get some exercise
  • An opportunity to connect with your neighbors
  • Time with nature
  • Peace & relaxation
  • Share and improve your gardening skills
  • Save money by growing your own food
  • Enjoy pesticide-free food

How do I join the Winterville Community Garden?

For a modest fee, you can own a raised garden bed measuring 8 x 4 feet, shade-free and a food deep in fertile compost and soil mix. Each bed is ready to plant, comes with its own drip irrigation system, and is watered on an automatic timer. All you need to do is choose your favorite seeds, do the tending, and enjoy your harvest.

Please print the Community Garden Registration Form 2018 (.docx) or pick up a copy at City Hall and return the form with your payment. Please read the Community Garden Rules & Guidelines (.docx) as well.
This Garden Planting Schedule (pdf) may be helpful to you.

How much does it cost to join?

2018 Rentals: Payment for your plot is due by March 1st, and this will cover one whole year until the end of February 2019.  The rental fee is $40 for one year.

Please fill out the form and take it, together with your payment, to City Hall.  There will also be forms available at City Hall.  There are a few boxes vacant at the moment, and after March 1st, those, and any that have not been rented will be available to new gardeners.  So encourage your friends and neighbors to join us!

The “Rules and Regulations” is a separate document for you to keep for reference.

For more information:

Contact WintervilleCommunityGarden@gmail.com

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Garden Updates...

2-24-18

Dear gardeners, 
 
After Monday's meeting, we realized there are ants in most of the raised beds. I'm sorry we didn't know then so we could discuss it with everyone at that meeting.  At the work gathering this morning (thanks to everyone who helped!), we agreed to enlist some aid in applying organic pesticides (limonene and another one I don't remember).  Some folks went ahead and applied diatomaceous earth in some places, so if you see white powder, that is what it is.  Sally donated some diatomaceous earth and it is in the shed.  An equal-parts mixture of sugar, flour, and boric acid is also good for getting rid of ants.  So if you want to go ahead and use an organic treatment on your individual bed(s), that would help speed the process.
 
We're also continuing conversations on the best way to deal with weed issues, and input on that is always welcome.  Some extra soil will be added to the pollinator garden on the southwest corner.  Averil is helping coordinate the plantings in that.
 
Thanks, and best wishes for a bountiful gardening year!
Brenda (Keen)

WCG committee chair

2-12-18

Hi folks,

If you’re planning to attend the upcoming garden-wide meeting and you haven’t already RSVPed, please email wintervillecommunitygarden@gmail.com no later than noonon Friday, Feb. 16.  We want to have plenty of food!

The menu for the evening (provided by garden funds and donations from the steering committee) will include lasagna (meat and veggie), salad, rolls, and dessert.  You can bring a dish if you’d like, but it’s not necessary.

Below and attached are an agenda for the meeting.  Remember you are not guaranteed a garden bed until your signed membership form is turned in and your payment processed.  You can bring those to the meeting if you’d like.  Forms, the rules you agree to, and a handy planting schedule are available at http://cityofwinterville.com/winterville-community-garden.  Payment must be cash or check.

AGENDA

Winterville Community Garden Committee Open Meeting

Monday, February 19, 2018 in the Depot

Meal starts at 6:00 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30.

Welcome and Introduction of Committee Members (Brenda)

Q&A on garden rules and expectations for participation (what gardeners should give and get)

Plans for 2018 (Volunteers are welcome and don’t have to have a garden bed.)

            Update on available beds (Averil)

            Work days

            Pollinator Garden

            Food Bank donations

            Gardening classes (Holly)

Resources

            Shed – tools and books

            Seeds  – sharing and swapping

Announcements

    Arbor Day Celebration —Tuesday, February 20th, 1-3pm @ the Depot

    Community Input on Winterville Comprehensive Plan— Tuesday, February 20th, 6:30 pm @ the Depot

The Winterville Community Garden Steering Committee: 

Averil Bonsall, Jean-Marie Buxton, Holly Campbell, Sally Elie, Brenda Keen (chair), Nita Matthews-Morgan, Teresa Mills, Linda Russell, Bill Turner, Laurie Wilder

2-7-18

Good Afternoon, WCG Gardeners 

Please join us on Monday, February 19, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for our next WCG General Meeting.  The meeting will be held at the City Depot and is open to all our gardeners and anyone who is interested in gardening with us.  We'll serve a meal at the beginning and move onto our plans for the year.  If you have suggestions or questions, now would be the time to voice them.
 
Please RSVP so that we have an idea of how much food we need to provide.  Thanks.
 
We look forward to seeing you there.
Averil (for the WCG Committee)

 

1-19-2018

Happy New Year, WCG Gardeners!

It’s been a while since we’ve had good gardening weather, but it will be here again soon, and probably sooner than we expect.  So here is some information for you, and some dates for your calendar.  Time to start planning!

Saturday, January 27th, starting at 10:00 a.m. – First workday of the year.  This will be an excellent time to clean out the garden boxes and prepare for early Spring planting.

Monday, February 19th, 6-7 p.m. –  First general WCG meeting for all current gardeners and anyone who is interested in joining us for the upcoming year.  Details will be sent out later.

March 1st – Beginning of new WCG gardening year (March 1 – February 28).  There are some vacant boxes, and they will be assigned to new gardeners on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note:

  • ALL gardeners must include a signed registration form with their payment.  Fees will not be deposited and boxes will not be available until this form is received.   The Registration Form and the WCG Rules and Guidelines are attached.  Please return the registration form and fee to City Hall (where blank forms will also be available).  For returning gardeners these are due on February 28th – but earlier would be helpful!)
  • The rental fee for the year is $40.00.  The increase is to cover hiring someone periodically throughout the year to tackle the weeds between boxes.  This will not release you from your weeding obligation, but should make it a very quick and easy job for you to keep these areas clean!
  • If you have decided that you will not be gardening with us this year – and we hope you have not! – please reply to this email to let us know – and please remember to clean out your box in time for a new gardener to get a timely start.  The January 27th work day would be a good time to do this – and you might even get some help!  A final clean-up is part of your WCG agreement.

A Vegetable Garden Planting Chart is attached.  It will help you with the best dates for planting your favorite vegetables.

We hope to see many (all??) of you at the January 27th workday.  We have some great plans for the year.

Enjoy your garden planning!

Averil (for the WCG Committee)

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