GODFREY — Community Cultivators is offering small, organic plots of garden space for the gardening season.
The $15 fee is for a 10- by 10-foot section for family and friends during the spring, summer and fall. Members can get one-on-one assistance at free workshops and scheduled workdays, and there is a free water source within the deer-proof garden.
Gardeners will gain advice and resources on organic gardening, a tour of the garden and tool shed, and meet fellow gardeners at the first educational workshop. The outdoor orientations will be 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Jaime Hines Discovery Garden, 2421 W. Delmar in Godfrey. Two stone pillars mark the entrance to La Vista Park.
“Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food,” said Chris Pattan, lead volunteer gardener for Community Cultivators. “We often see gardeners take advantage of the experiential knowledge of fellow gardeners to produce a significant amount of food for their household.”
Benefits of community gardens go beyond reduction of family food budgets. Studies have shown gardeners and their children eat healthier, more nutrient-rich diets than non-gardening families.
“Gardens also offer unique opportunities to establish relationships within and across physical, age and social barriers,” Pattan said. “We see grandparents working with their grandkids, growing tomatoes and eating them together at the garden — it’s pretty cool.”
The garden is run by the nonprofit charitable organization Community Cultivators. Donations are tax-deductible — their primary goal is to alleviate food insecurity and restore household economies by providing opportunity structures emerging from food production, distribution and consumption.