Goals set for this year’s garden include building a shed for tool and produce storage, and which will also serve as a central communications center and general work space. A composting toilet, donated by Leif Juel, is to be set up and the on-site compost pile is scheduled for expansion.
Welcoming children to the garden has always been a priority, and along those lines a sand box play area will be built and children from the "Mommy Swap" will be invited to visit the site each week this summer.
Also planned is the creation of a contemplative space and memorial to Grandpa Walther near the center of the garden.
On the business side of operations, the garden will soon have a board of directors to help organize community outreach, and grants will be sought to fund the planned projects.
The garden property, located on the northeast corner of Charles and Laura streets, was donated by Lisa and John Ortman in 2007. The Town of Ridgway then created a special ordinance for the garden and donated a water tap to the project. In the spring of 2007, the first beds were dug, including a children’s garden, and aspen trees were planted on the site.
Another garden meeting will be held in April, details to be announced, and everyone is invited to attend.
For more information on the garden or to get involved, contact garden coordinator Judith Bartlett at email@example.com or call 626-4242.