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Community Garden Center
of Golden Valley
Sponsored in part by
Windy River Institute and
the Overlook Gardens at the Sacramento Wash
Plan for Community garden for resident population of Golden Valley
Beautiful rural Golden Valley and part of the larger Sacramento Valley is now poised for and in the process of mass development that over the next 25 years will dramatically alter the look and ambience of this beautiful place the rural atmosphere and country ways are even now being challenged by traffic that cuts through the heart of the area, as well a developers in the ground and about to break ground for many new homes.
As times changes the fabric of the valley residents and the wonderful and familiar rural atmosphere there has arisen a need for a place that speaks to the heart and soul of this rural community and a community garden and outdoor hands on learning oasis could be such a place to help the resident population transition for the coming years.
Windy River Institute, the personal sustainability advocacy of Melanie DeBo , located in Golden Valley, looks to create a community gardens and outdoor activities center/oasis for the residents of Golden Valley, and over the years othersister gardens in Dolan Springs/Chloride.
Residents will have the opportunity to build a community garden of special interest for the local residents to enjoy and the gardens can become a valued cultural amenity in these developing areas as well as a resource for landscaping etc.
Residents would be able to secure a private plot for gardening for a donated fee for water etc.,as well as participate cooperatively in building a garden center with outdoor activities facilities for year round enjoyment and production of wholesome food. flowers .
The gardens would also include a community plot to supply local senior needs and or VFW etc.
Gardens would look to become self sufficient and volunteers educated in running the gardens year round.
A farmers market will become the first of many activities that can be had at the centers, like birthdays, weddings, celebrations of all kinds as well as just a leisurely visit to meet other gardeners or friends.
Donations of land, tools, water, infrastructure lighting etc will come from local outlets and master gardening classes held on a regular schedule for both residents and students from local schools by the professional groups sponsoring the gardens (see above list).
The activities area shade structures, tables, seating, benches, sheds etc will utilize recycled materials from the new developments now happening in the area.
Local artists will produce garden art for the gardens as part of the cultural aspect of the garden theme.
A local shuttle service will be planned and the vehicle part of a donations list. The vehicle will be fueled by a small biodiesle production unit using the fuel generated from the waste at the garden site.
In future years, it is hoped that small entrepreneurial cottage industry will stem from a project like Creosote tea harvested and packaged from the abundance of our native Creosote trees.
Further, WRI will produce a "Grow It Yourself” guide to home Vegetable gardening and green sustainable conservations methods for water reclamation and reuse, recycling etc. and outreach program of volunteers prepared to help individual home owners with preparing for a home garden.
WRI looks to head up the effort for this COMMUNITY GARDEN in the fall of 09.
WRI would look for support for the planning and execution from Arizona permaculture experts: AZ Extension, Prescott College Prescott Az Tim CRUZ agriculture, Ecosa Institute , Millison Eco Hood PermaCulture specialist, NAU Center of sustainability, and TBK landscape architect Prescott.
These entities have expressed interest already and are ready to begin planning the next steps.
Community gardens like these are thriving all over the country in large cities and rural hamlets alike and are well documented many are right here in AZ and member of the sponsoring team (above ) have been part of those garden experiences.
Care will be taken to locate a centrally located easily expanded plot of land 1 1/2 to 3 acres to begin the effort.
WRI has been in contact with the group mentioned above and now is looking for donations to begin a formal planning exercise.
If you would like to learn more, make a donation, or volunteer your knowledge/services, please contact Melanie DeBo Stauffer.
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