The Community Garden is available to community members who are interested in growing their own vegetables, herbs and flowers. For 18 years, Extension's Community Garden Program, in partnership with Carson City Parks and Recreation, has offered 25 4-by-16-foot garden beds to new and returning community gardeners.
The price to reserve a garden bed is $20 for the season and covers water, electricity and use of select garden tools and resources. In addition, Master Gardener Volunteers will periodically be available to provide leadership and mentoring on-site throughout the gardening season. Hoses are available for hand-watering, although some people have put in their own irrigation and drip lines.
The garden is located at 1044 Beverly Drive in Carson City. For more information on the Carson City Community Garden, or to reserve a garden bed for the season, contact Taylor at 775-887-2252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2001, Carson City supervisor Jon Plank approached Extension with the idea of establishing a community garden, believing it would be a good recreational outlet for the community and would improve the health of anyone who participated. Although Plank died before the project reached fruition, Extension followed through with Plank’s idea and helped create the community garden site.
Extension initially invested a lot of time and labor into starting the gardens — testing the soil and developing a special amendment to compensate for what it was lacking; tilling the ground to loosen the impacted soil; and removing debris left abandoned on the land. Amendments and compost are added to the gardens every year.
Although the program has never been advertised or ambitiously publicized, most of the available beds are rented out every year. Unrented beds are planted by other gardeners and volunteers, and much of the food is donated to a local food bank, local senior citizens or other nonprofit groups. One bed is reserved for vegetables that will be donated and another bed is reserved as a demonstration garden raised by Master Gardeners, who use the plot to show how to grow a certain vegetable or how to use different gardening techniques.
Participants come from all walks of life — unmarried singles, married couples and ethnically and culturally diverse families work the ground each year. The gardens are a great source of community building; veteran gardeners help out the novice planters with watering, pest management and harvesting issues. Gardeners share seeds, transplants and watering chores.