In July and August we distributed 438 pounds of produce to approximately 2,000 through our diner and food pantries. The Eagle Scout project to build raised beds was completed, unfortunately COVID made it more difficult to have groups come in, we have plans to complete the concrete walkways to combine with the raised beds for more accessible gardening. We were able to install drip irrigation in the garden and sprinklers in the high tunnel we also replaced the Typar on the greenhouse. We continue to harvest produce and supply our lunch clients with fresh, farm to table food.
What challenges did or does your project face?
The biggest challenge has been the COVID virus, as it has greatly limited community contact. Also, the garden volunteer is learning as he goes and along with a couple of other very invested volunteers, they have freshened up and refurbished all the garden areas.
How are you working to overcome them?
The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is very visible from one of our main highways and all the activity in the garden has generated a lot of interest. We are hoping that we will be able to make contact with the local Eagle Scouts, or another youth/school group to participate in the garden.
This winter we will be making a garden plan with our chef and contacting local farmers for plant starts. As we make the garden more accessible and when school gets back to normal, we would like to bring in more classrooms to help in the garden.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned what grows best where and will be able to improve our garden layout. We will be writing a garden manual to assist others. We will be researching other community gardens for operational knowledge.