Volunteers of all ages tend our community garden, making it a success. File photo

Community garden opens for its second season

Our community garden is entering its second season and improvements ensure that this year’s efforts will be even more fruitful.

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the first line of defense against destruction by deer is now in place with improved fencing.

Last year’s watering maintenance involved a hose and the hauling of buckets. So, when 17 year-old Andrew Duerksen — who is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout — learned of the situation, he labored over the implementation of a trench for ease of watering. He shares, “I wanted to do this project for our community to show how much scouts contribute and the importance of collaboration. I also like to give service to others so this was a way for me to help others.”

The 2018 season yielded: squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, kale and turnips, in addition to laughter, friendships and a healthier lifestyle.

Teamwork was crucial to maintaining the crops, of course, but many individuals envisioned the initial project and many more contributed to its realization before ground was ever broken.

One of the people responsible for bringing the community garden to fruition is Seth Anderson of Rustic Ranchers located in Janesville.

Anderson shared that a major goal for the project is, “To provide access, opportunity and healthful food to our community from within its borders, by its neighbors, through the use of local sustainable agriculture practices and education.”

The garden is situated on just under an acre of property at 105 South Ash Street and consists of eight plots 20 feet long and 30 inches across.

Plot selections are being determined in May and participation is open to members of the community of all ages.

Plots can be applied for at Susanville Community Garden on Facebook or by calling Seth Anderson with related questions at (931) 561-1853.