We just can’t get enough of Bandon’s amazing community garden and the amazing people who volunteer their time to make it amazing! This article was written by the good people at the Good Earth Community Garden, and they get all the credit for the photos.
Good Earth Community Garden
The Good Earth Community Garden is a satellite garden of the South Coast Community Garden Association (SCCGA) and consists of 41 raised beds including 4 at an easily accessible height with each plot measuring 4 feet by 12 feet. Applications are available starting in February on a first come first serve basis with the requirement that all plots be fully vacated and winterized by the first of December. The cost is $10 per membership and $10 for each plot. The garden is totally organic and provides compost, fertilizer, tools, water and some seeds. The garden sponsors a series of classes throughout the year and provide hands on help at the garden with certified Master Gardeners. On a weekly basis the garden provides Everyone at the Table (E.A.T.) with produce grown in the Master Garden bed and donations of excess produce from its members. The garden also provides scholarships to both the Master Gardener program and the Bandon Community Youth Center and works closely with the Go-Native program to beautify the garden area.
The garden space, located at the end of 8th Court, is provided by the City of Bandon and construction was started in 2009. A big thanks needs to go to the Ford Family Foundation, class of 2009, Willamette Graystone, Liza Ehle (By-The-Sea-Gardens), Ralph Leshin, High School students and teachers and the founding members, too many to name. The garden’s final 6 plots were finished before the planting season of 2012. In 2015 the community garden was blessed with a beautiful natural wood sign identifying the space thanks to Vickie Affattati and then 8th grader Brock Adams. In 2016 a robust compost system was built and in early 2017 the greenhouse went up with the help of local contractor Larry Anderson and garden members.
The community garden holds an annual plant sale to not only raise needed funds for improvements and educational opportunities but to encourage the community to grow their own vegetables. The plant sale is held at the Farmers and Artisans Market in Old Towne Bandon the first weekend of May. Find out more about this organization by checking out their Facebook page or on their Website at http://bandoncommunitygarden.org/.