The biggest success of this season is the Catawba Trail Farm (CTF) Community Garden. We met our goal of "Planting by Spring". This project began in January 2018 with the clearing of 2 acres and the erection of a 1 acre 10 ft tall fence to enclose a 55 bed raised-bed garden, a small orchard and in-ground planting area. We have also started restoring and deconstructing old buildings.
What challenges did or does your project face?
We currently have two major challenges: establishing a watering system and accessing electricity. There is a deep well on the property. However without electricity we are unable to generate enough power/pressure for the distance needed. The local utility company has estimated the cost for electricity to be over $7500. We currently transport water every other day and water by hand.
How are you working to overcome them?
Our plan is to dig a new solar powered well closer to the growing areas. It will cost less then activating the existing well and is more climate friendly. We will continue to work on obtaining electricity and/or increase solar capacity.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
An actively engaged Board willing to provide physical labor is very important. The board's input is invaluable in generating solutions to problems, issues, potential roadblocks and connections. Volunteers are a joy and a blessing. You must keep your eye on where you are going, your mission, your goals. However for the good of all, take time to look at how far you've come, recognize your accomplishments.