By BRENDA BARGER
Four years and counting. The Davidson Community Garden at Potts Street and Catawba Avenue in Davidson is entering its fourth growing season and making a difference in our town. And it’s about to get a much needed improvement – a water line – thanks a successful fundraising campaign.
The garden’s motto is “Tend Some, Take Some, Share a Lot” and that is what they do. Students, scouts, church members and passers-by stop to weed, plant, spread mulch, tie up plants, and harvest. Hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables, from lettuce to eggplant, go home to individual kitchens as well as to the food pantry at the nearby Ada Jenkins Center.
Davidson College owns the land and the garden’s sponsor, Davidson United Methodist Church, pays the $1 annual rent. Recently, water has been the issue to keep the plants producing through long dry weeks of summer. With Davidson residents Connie and Eddie Beach at the helm, the garden recently set a $3,000 fund raising goal to pay for taps, spigots, hoses, drip irrigation and other essentials for the garden. Donations came in all sizes (see the report of donated popcorn money below) and the Beaches are proud to announce that the goal was met with more than $1,000 to spare. (Rick Short is among the garden’s volunteers. See his “aShortChronicle” blog post about the fundraising campaign.)
Water should be available soon as well as a new scarecrow to replace the one “who got away.” Spring planting is well underway and right now, the only thing left on the Beach’s “wish list” is garden benches to place along the rows for weary weeders. If you can provide these, the gardeners would be grateful. (Contact Eddie and Connie at 704.892.4050.)
WITH THANKS TO SCOUT PACK 58
Boy Scout popcorn is a staple in most Davidson homes. And to give you an idea of how the proceeds from the popcorn sales are used, DavidsonNews.net wanted to share the following news report shared this week with parents and scouts of Davidson’s Cub Scout Pack 58:
Started by Eddie and Connie Beach in March 2010 has flourished and as of December 2012 is has provided 1 ton (2002 pounds- the weight of 2 horses or half an elephant) of food to the local Loaves and Fishes. Pack 58 has done a lot to help the Community Garden. Last year’s Webelos project was spring weeding the gardens. The boys did a great job making the garden ready for planting. We donated seedlings and found a donor for dirt.
This year, we donated $700 from our last year’s Pop-Corn money to help fund the new water supply to the Community Garden. This money allowed the Beaches to apply for the license for the water supply and start the digging process. Also, the Webelos helped to dig up our pizza garden. They made an uneven grassy area perfect for planting with a lot of shovel and mattock work. We are also donating the tomato, pepper, oregano, basil, onion, garlic, and zucchini seedlings for the pizza garden. These will be broken into 4 groups of Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos to tend over the summer. We also have had 21 boys and families help out on their own time with the community garden and this in its self is a tremendous help. We have patches for the boys who help out and truly appreciate their commitment to helping the garden.
We are starting a new competition for the boys. There is a sign-up sheet in the garden shed for the scouts to find their names and date their participation. The Den with the highest % of boys will win an ice cream party at the beginning of the next scout year. So please sign up, come out on a Saturday morning from 10-12 and help the Community Garden help the Community!!
Kudos to these young scouts who are learning about community and the life skill of tending a garden. For more information on the scouting program, go to firstname.lastname@example.org.