|From Alamogordo News|
Big plans and plants for new community garden
By Ellis Neel, Staff Photographer/Writer
Jan 24, 2004, 11:11 pm
Alamogordo Community Garden
Even before the first seeds have been planted, the new community garden is beginning to bear fruit.
People are coming together in a whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts community collaboration.
Ellis Neel/Daily News, Kicking up some dirt – Tim Rabon uses a Bobcat to clear and level the site of the new community garden at 13th Street and Vermont Avenue Saturday.
The soon-to-be garden, on the southwest corner at 13th Street and Vermont Avenue, is the brainchild of Otero County expanded 4-H agent Kristian Chervenock. The lot belongs to Pat Dulaney, who owns the Hi-De-Ho restaurant. She donated the use of the land for the project.
The lot was selected as an ideal candidate for the community garden because of its high visibility and, he points out in a grant letter, the “surrounding area’s strong sense of community.”
Chervenock’s intention was that the garden would serve as a learning experience for everyone involved in the project, including his local 4-H helpers, students from Mountain View Middle School and students from “potentially a majority of schools in the district.”
His hope is the garden would provide “a hands-on educational tool for youth, a showcase of innovative gardening, landscaping and alternative watering methods.”
“The (Academy del Sol) kids are interested in doing murals on the barn,” he said.
Ellis Neel/Daily News, Too big to move – Chaney Rabon and his brother Sam dig around a large chunk of concrete in the middle of the new community garden Saturday.
It’s an opportunity, said Tim Rabon, for local 4-H kids to give back to the community through the 4-H and “community service through the extension service.”
The Alamogordo Artist Alliance is interested in doing some outdoor shows, Chervenock added, and “we’re thinking about putting a stage in here for an outdoor music venue, like a summer stock, summer plays.”
One of the main side benefits for the community will be the fact the garden will be watered with a “drip system and we’re going to try and stay within the first tier and make it an educational showpiece so the community can come down and see what sorts of things they can grow under the city’s strict water guidelines,” Chervenock said.
Tim Rabon and his family brought out a Bobcat and a truck to help clear the lot on Saturday. The crew hauled out four truckloads of detritus: dirt, concrete, trash, weeds and old gravel. The lot is almost ready to plant.
“It’s an opportunity for different groups to get involved in and take pride in a project that is community oriented,” said Phil Wright, Otero County Extension Agent.
For more information on the community garden, or to get involved in the project, call Kristian Chervenock or Phil Wright at 437-0231.
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