Ned Victory Gardens is excited to announce the first in a series of workshops on growing food and community resilience in Nederland. The first workshop, “High Altitude Growing 1,” will take place on Thursday, March 23rd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at the Nederland Community Library. It will cover such basics as seeds and soil, starter plants, high-altitude varieties, and early-season gardening strategies. These workshops are designed to draw from the knowledge and experience of local residents. Future workshops will cover such topics as “Raised Beds and Greenhouses,” “Growing Herbs and Medicinals,” and “Emergency Preparedness.” The events are free and open to the public.
The workshop series is part of a community-based initiative called “Nederland Grows Food.” The ultimate goal is to increase Nederland’s food security and overall community resilience. We believe this can best be achieved if more and more of us grow our own food, whether in our backyards during summer or year-round in a greenhouse. Besides, it’s fun. Ask any gardener and they’ll tell you about the intrinsic rewards of growing plants.
As a local nonprofit, we want to encourage people to grow food by sharing information and building community resources such as seed banks and soil. We also personally want to be involved in growing as much food as we can. Since 2014, we’ve been able to meet our goal of doubling our food production every year, whether it’s on private land or at the Library or Community Center. But now we need growers to help us maintain that pace. This summer, we are looking for volunteers to help us with our growing operations. We’ll provide the raised beds, soil and seeds. In return, you tend the garden and keep the produce you grow. For more information, visit our website at nedvictorygardens.org.
Hope to see you on the 23rd.
Wendy Monroe and Jim McVey,
Ned Victory Gardens