Horizons Community Garden abundantly grew; enough to share

Friday, September 14, 2012
Cathy Fisher weighing produce / Lorri Glawe

For the second year, the Alta Horizons Community Garden abundantly provided vegetables and flowers for those tending to the fertile plot of ground near the Alta Community Center and yes, it also provided recreation for those involved, those that weeded and waited and harvested the crop. In addition, many new friendships were made and recipes using the produce were shared.

The garden provided more than what the 18 members of the Alta Community Garden association needed so they gratefully shared with friends and neighbors around the community and they also made sure The Lord's Cupboard was provided with fresh produce each Friday distribution day) throughout the summer; hundreds of pounds of produce was harvested, and many families enjoyed.

Look at some of these numbers of produce taken from the garden (many of the numbers are larger) tomatoes - 69 single tomatoes plus 546 pounds; zucchini - 151; cucumbers - 315 singles plus 24 pounds; peppers - 81 singles plus 3 pounds; okra - 25; cabbage - 26 head; summer squash - 172; onions - 221; potatoes - 103 pounds; carrots - 20 singles plus 8 pounds; beets - 20 singles plus 5 pounds; cantaloupe - 1; egg plant - 4; peas - 3 pounds; lettuce - 10 pounds; crest - 2 pounds; radishes - 3 pounds; beans - 15 pounds; accorn squash - 16; corn - "a lot of it".

The City of Alta gave the enthusiastic group a plot of land measuring 52' x 100' north of the community center last year for their garden. The Horizon members offers memberships of $10 to anyone who wants to benefit from the garden as well as share their time to weeding and harvesting.

In addition, many kids have been involved; the two first grade classes started some of the plants in little cups in their classrooms and then had the opportunity to go to the new garden this spring and plant their sprouts, with the help of the FFA members.

The garden required a great deal more care this year with the dry summer. Merrill Manufacturing provided a water hydrant for the garden which the members were very grateful.

If you were not involved this year, get involved next year; there is always room for more friends.

Applications are available at the Alta City Hall.