In anticipation of the first day of Spring, the Intel DuPont Community Garden (IDCG) will host a volunteer work party from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
The focus will be on cleaning up any remaining beds and putting fresh wood chips in walkways. Bring pitchforks, shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows and don’t forget to wear your PPE (boots and gloves). Dress for the weather, because the event will be held rain or shine. IDCG will provide hot beverages and snacks.
In 2012, the IDCG growers harvested 5,543 pounds of fresh, organic produce and donated 87 percent, or 4,845 pounds, to food banks in Pierce and Thurston counties. The food banks which received donations in 2012 were the Thurston County Food Bank, FISH Food Banks of Pierce County, the Steilacoom Food Pantry and the Yelm Food Bank. In the four years the garden has existed, IDCG has produced over 13,000 pounds of food, much of which is donated to local food banks.
Stop by the garden on March 9 and see what IDCG is all about. Volunteers and current garden bed owners are needed to get beds ready for seed, thus enabling a longer growing season and feeding more people in 2013.
Those interested in reserving a garden plot for the 2013 growing season can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.