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Transformation Sunnyside volunteer Rosie Haak helps Don Underwood harvest some peppers from the community garden, or youth ranch. Underwood, in 2013, used the garden to distribute peppers to neighbors who were unable to get out on their own.
As of Monday, March 23, 2015
Do you like to work in the garden, but don’t have the space for one?
Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley has the perfect space for anyone in the community wanting to get their hands dirty, growing their own fruit, vegetables and flowers.
The organization is taking reservations for plots in the Sunnyside Community Garden on North 16th Street.
The community garden was established by the organization to give locals the opportunity to grow their own food and flowers.
Several beds are ready to be cultivated and have been designed with a water drip system for irrigation. They vary in size for those who want a small garden or a larger one.
Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley just a few years ago realized not everyone has the space to grow their own fruits and vegetables. The community garden provides them the space, as well as a few gardening tools, to grow foods for themselves or others, according to volunteer Mary Werkhoven.
She said there are 44 prepared plots, and the water to each plot will be turned on as it is rented.
“Last year we rented 17…we hope to rent 25 to 30 plots this year,” said Werkhoven.
The plot sizes range from 6’x10’ to 10’x20’. The fee to rent the plots is between $15 and $30 for the season.
Among those participating in the community garden last year were students from three Sunnyside schools.
“Clubs and community groups can also get involved,” Werkhoven said.
In addition to the gardening plots, two rows of raspberries were planted by Jim Johnson last year. The plants weren’t ready to bear fruit in 2014, but will be ready this year for anyone wishing to rent a section.
Werkhoven said organizers haven’t yet decided how large the sections will be. However, anyone choosing to rent one will be responsible for harvesting the fruit when it is ripe.
“The community has been wonderful, supporting the community garden with donations, including tools and funds,” Werkhoven said.
“The greatest blessing is the relationships that are developed,” said Werkhoven, adding participants in the garden have an opportunity to meet others whom they may have not known before.
The community garden will be open from April through October this year.
Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley will also be planting sweet corn on a section of the land near the community garden. The corn will be available for u-pick in the fall.
To rent a plot or section of raspberries, call Werkhoven at 391-0185.
Applications are also available in a box located on the reader board near the garden.