Grow Your Own: HFC Community Garden Plots
Now in its fourth year, the Community Garden Plots at the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education offer the opportunity to raise good fresh food on prime farmland in the company of a community of enthusiastic and dedicated gardeners.
Garden plots are usually open from mid-April until the end of October. This year, the Community Gardens, with 102 plots, opened in March to take advantage of the early nice weather.
Growing your own food comes with a multitude of benefits – including being able to personally ensure food safety and security, saving money, the health benefits of eating the freshest food possible, the satisfaction and enjoyment of raising your own food from seed to harvest, and fostering a connection with the natural world.
Thanks to long hours of hard work last year by dedicated volunteers, a new system has been put in place to bring water from a spring north of the Gardens area down to faucets on the northern edge of the gardens. This water supply will supplement the rain collection cisterns at the farmhouse during the hot, dry summer months.
This year, beneficial parasitic wasps will be introduced to help control Mexican Bean Beetles and other crop damaging insects organically. Jon Darby, Farm Manager, says the Horn Farm Center Community Garden Plots will be fully organic in 2013.
Although the Community Garden Plots are all taken for the 2012 season, you can put your name on the list for next year! Contact Jon Darby, Farm Manager with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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