Grand Community Garden Update
Snow play is by no means over at this time but preparations are fully in the works for 2012 gardening activities in Grand County so the compact growing season can be fully maximized. Life in Grand County is about making the most of the wonderful surroundings all year round and Grand Community Gardens believes GARDENING can be put on the list with skiing, biking, hiking, and fishing. Grand Community Garden (GCG) is committed to helping people grow their own food and participate in the joys, and yes, possibilities of gardening at altitude. All the sites are fenced, irrigated, and populated with experienced gardeners to guide newbies newcomers to a successful experience. GCG will soon be accepting applications for plot rentals in each of their four sites located in Kremmling, Hot Sulphur, Granby, and the Fraser Valley. On Feb. 29 applications will be available to download from the Grand Community website: http://www.grandcommunitygardens.org. Returning gardeners in the established sites are given priority, as are those who purchased sponsorships to fund the new garden in Fraser. There are plots available to rent in all of the gardens. The remaining plots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are a total 20 plots in Kremmling, 20 in Hot Sulphur Springs, six new plots in Granby, bringing the total count to 34, and 40 plots in Fraser. Acceptance of applications begins on March 5 and full instructions are available on the website. The rental fees per year range from $40 to $80 and is based on the site location and size of the plot. The Fraser site is still under construction but thanks to the generosity of the community is fully funded and will be completed for the 2012 growing season. The remaining scheduled work for early spring, before actual planting needs to occur, includes construction of the last seven of the 40 planned raised beds, installation of a 72′ x 30′ hoop house which will cover 28 of the beds to provide season extension, installation of individual plot frost covers, completion of the drip irrigation system and fencing. Also planned for this year is building a native plant garden and setting up an educational and meeting area. Opportunity to be involved is open to any and all interested in making this new site the valuable community asset envisioned. GCG is grateful to The Grand Foundation, The Sprout Foundation, The Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation, The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District, Grand County, Cornerstone Foundation, The towns of Fraser and Winter Park, Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Foundation, Wells Fargo, The Fraser Valley Lions Club, Winter Park-Fraser Rotary and many generous businesses and individuals. For questions and information call the CSU Extension Office at 970 724 3436.