LNCT HAS HIRED A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATOR!
Please welcome Janice Soots as our new Community Garden Coordinator. Watch our website for further information!
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Our COMMUNITY GARDEN
Our Community Garden is tended by volunteers who grow and harvest food to share among themselves as well as with North County Food Bank. The community gardeners work together as teams . Garden volunteers pledge to work in the garden at Alder Creek Farm 3 hours per week, typically on Tuesdays or Saturdays, from March through October. See what’s happening in the Garden on our Events Calendar.
For more information about the Community Garden at Alder Creek Farm please review the Community Garden Guidelines. Still have questions? Contact our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Trust office at 503-368-3203.
We also have other opportunities with the Trust. If you would like to volunteer on our Stewardship Fridays, to help on our Nehalem Teaching Trail, or participate in other ways, please visit our Volunteer Page to find out more.
The video below, by the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts, highlights Alder Creek Farm and our Community Garden.
The Community Garden is a hands-on, sustainable food production project that increases our community’s capacity to grow healthy, affordable, organic food. The garden’s berries, vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ducks are tended by 50 volunteers who share the harvest among themselves, with other Trust volunteers, and with the families served by the North County Food Bank. Gardeners work together as a whole, with teams focused on special areas or activities in the garden, like brassicas, nightshades, the orchard, composting, duck tending, greenhouse, or irrigation maintenance.
The community garden at Alder Creek Farm demonstrates integrated food production practices for home and small farms. Among these practices are composting, mulching, cover crops, worm composting, soil microorganisms, hoop houses, cloches, ducks as alternative pesticide control, plants to attract birds and pollinators, elk and deer fences, hedgerows, renewable irrigation, and rain water catchment systems. Native plants on site give community members an opportunity to learn more about local ecology and traditional medicinal and culinary plant uses.
Our community garden helps to keep healthy food production close to home while bringing people together in support of organic produce for everyone. Some of our gardeners have gone on to start their own small-scale farms, which makes us especially proud of the work we do. Every April we hold a popular plant sale of healthy garden starts grown especially for our coastal climate. And annually scores of schoolchildren learn how to tend a garden for the first time at Alder Creek Farm.