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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fall Harvest Market Today From 11 to 6 At Maple View

Community Garden: Share The Bounty, Learn More Today

communitygardenMembers of the public can purchase fresh vegetables and learn more about the successful Community Garden today (Thursday, Sept. 2) and again on Sept. 9 at the Maple View property, just off Rt. 872, in Coudersport.

The 4-H’s Science of Gardening program is holding a Fall Harvest Market from 11 am to 6 pm.

Additionally, at 5 pm there will be a tour of the garden and a recap of the project, with details on field trials, cover crops, this year’s growing season and plans for the 2011 garden.

Shown here are some of the young people involved when the Community Garden was launched last year, under the direction of Carrie Bowman, Cooperative Extension youth educator, and Bill Waltman, an Extension horticulturalist who serves as the program’s agricultural coordinator. Members of the Spud Growers FFA Chapter of Coudersport High School have also assisted.

Last year, the children were able to grow a variety of crops despite the wet weather. Some of the produce was donated to senior citizens and people in need, while some was sold to raise funds for 4-H. One of the goals of the program is to teach the children the difference between food out of the garden and food from the grocery store.

Crops have been grown without the use of pesticides. Crop rotations, composting, and cover crops are being used to move the garden toward organic certification in the coming years. The project’s “hands-on” nature also taught the group about the stages of plants, timing of insect arrivals, fungal diseases, pollination processes, and the role of rotations in soil health and quality.

Local farmers donated supplies and assistance. Many individuals helped financially by purchasing garden seeds from the young 4-H club members. For more information, email cbb136@psu.edu or 274-8540.


2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Very, very cool!
Our neighbor boy is involved in this and he is very excited about it and is learning a lot.
Thank you to Potter County Today and Solomons Words for bringing this to peoples attention. A lot of people don't know anything about it. Stop up there this afternoon and next Thursday and support the kids by buying some fresh veggies!!!!!!

Lucinda W. said...

The fresh veggies are wonderful and VERY reasonably priced. If they don't have what you want and it's in the garden, they'll go pick it fresh. GREAT JOB to all the kids and their supporting cast of moms and other 4-H adult leaders. I'm loving my beans(<: