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Chattanooga's Crabtree Farms Community Garden

  • Subject: [cg] Chattanooga's Crabtree Farms Community Garden
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 15:15:52 -0800 (PST)

The Chattanoogan.com, Chattanooga, TN, USA

posted January 12, 2005

Crabtree Farms Opens Community Garden March 5

Crabtree Farms will open the Community Garden on March
5. Forty-one garden plots are available for rental for
the 2005 season to Chattanooga residents. The
Community Garden is located on one acre of Crabtree
Farms and is now in its fifth year.

The Community Garden plots are open to all ages and
gardening levels. Crabtree Farms has expanded the
number of plots to accommodate the growing interest in
the Garden. For a one-time seasonal fee of $70, every
garden member leases a 200 square foot plot. Members
have exclusive access to a tool shed, compost and
water. Plots are also available for members interested
in exchanging work hours on the farm in lieu of the
rental fee. 

The Community Garden at Crabtree Farms is the largest
community garden open to the public in Chattanooga. In
keeping with the sustainable focus of Crabtree Farms
overall mission, the Community Garden is organic,
meaning only natural pest controls may be applied. No
synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers may
be applied. Crabtree Farms staff work with the
gardeners to share planting tips and organic gardening
techniques. Many varieties of vegetables, herbs and
flowers will be planted by the gardeners. 

The Community Garden Program provides access to
healthy soils in a communal atmosphere. Members may
not have access to garden space, either living in
apartments or having shady yards. The Garden creates a
community of fellow gardeners to share secrets and
tips. The Community Garden Program seeks to educate
the public on how to grow their own food by providing
access to garden tools, amenities and organically
cultivated soil. 

In addition, Crabtree Farms hosts the Fifth Annual
Spring Plant Sale on April 16 from 8 a.m.  1 p.m.,
providing hard-to-find varieties for flower, vegetable
and herb gardens. New this year will be a total of
nine tomato varieties offered and more. To rent a plot
or for more information, contact Vanessa Mercer by
phone, (423) 493-9155 x10, or by email,
vmercer@crabtreefarms.org.


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