LWC Leads Effort to Plant Columbia-Adair County Community Garden
Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 [9:03 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A couple of Lindsey
Wilson College staff members are leading an effort that will help
area residents enjoy home-grown produce this summer.
LWC has partnered with Columbia United Methodist Church to begin
the Columbia-Adair County Community Garden, located at the
intersection of West Guardian Street and South Monroe, behind the
Adair County Food Pantry.
An organizational meeting about the Columbia-Adair County
Community Garden will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, June
4, a Columbia United Methodist Church, 202 Burkesville
"The Columbia-Adair County Community Garden is designed to bring
together individuals, families, businesses and community
organizations to grow and distribute fresh produce for local
residents, focusing on families in need and the elderly," said LWC
Coordinator for Community Outreach and Engagement Candice Armstrong. "The
garden will allow participants to improve their own gardening
skills and will emphasize the use of sustainable gardening
techniques that limit the amount of water, chemical and energy
Armstrong has been working since early spring with LWC Assistant
Professor of Biology Mike Bosela to prepare the
garden for planting.
The Columbia-Adair County Community Garden has two components:
8-by-8 foot raised beds and a conventionally tilled garden.
The raised beds can be rented for $35 per season. Subscribers
are provided with seeds and plants, fertilizers and access to
The conventionally tilled garden is a communal space that will
be planted and managed by volunteers from LWC who will share the
harvest. Surplus produce from the tilled garden will be donated to
the Adair County Food Pantry or sold at the Columbia-Adair County
Armstrong said that area residents who are served by the
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency may be
eligible to acquire one of the raised beds for no cost.
To quality for a community garden voucher from Lake Cumberland
Community Action Agency, area residents' income cannot be more than
125 percent of the federal poverty level.
In addition to Columbia United Methodist Church and the Lake
Cumberland Community Action Agency, the Columbia-Adair County
Community Garden also has been supported by partnerships with the
Adair County Cooperative Extension Office and
Columbia-Adair Garden Club.
The garden has received donations of service and materials from
Burton Ace Hardware, Pyles
Excavating, Sugarfoot Farms,
Tractor Supply Co. and Walmart of
Columbia. Advice and assistance have also been given by area
residents Joni Smalle, Liz Hoag
and Barbara Armitage.
"It's been a real community effort to get this project going,"
Armstrong said. "It's so encouraging that so many people and area
businesses have been involved with bringing this initiative to
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