Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ferndale Record Journal article

very nice article by Erik and photo by Christopher!!

Room to grow: Community garden brings

by Erik Burge
for the Record-Journal

Photo by
Christopher Huber

Whatcom County home builder Scott Carlson, right, helps Bradley Hodgin, 15, of Blaine, make measurements to install the roof decking on the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden’s gazebo Thursday. Youth from around Whatcom County participating in the WorkSource career camp program helped construct the garden’s pavilion, which is made from recycled wood.

A cool wet spring might have slowed the growing season, but it hasn’t put a damper on progress at Friendship Community Garden.
“We’ve harvested 25 pounds of salad and two pounds of peas so far,” said Andrea Traner, Community Garden Coordinator. “Not huge production, but better than nothing. It’s just great to see people pull their radishes and take their lettuce home.”
Garden sponsors, donors, participants and community members, along with mayor Gary Jensen as host, officially dedicated the garden yesterday afternoon.
Its contents -- 18 beds of fruits and vegetables -- are thriving despite an extended
cold season.
Difficult weather hasn’t spoiled the cooperative spirit at the new one-third-acre site in Pioneer Park either.
All of the garden’s 18 raised beds are currently filled to capacity and two locally-donated custom-designed structures -- a tool shed and a gazebo -- have recently been completed.
“We had to scratch out an extra area for potatoes and beans,” Traner said. “It’s an ever-evolving process. Most of the people utilizing the space here have never planted or maintained a garden before.”
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