By Norah Davis
for The Transylvania Times 

Rice Street Community Garden Ready For Planting – Brevard NC


Last spring, volunteer Mike Conley tilled a segment of the garden in preparation for new raised vegetable beds and planting perennial flowers. In mid-June of 2014, volunteers filled new planter boxes and planted the last of the warm-weather crops. (Courtesy photos by Norah Davis)

The last part of this winter has been tough, so the Rice Street Community Gardeners are itching for spring to come.

The volunteers who care for the garden will be preparing the soil for planting cool weather crops on Sunday, March 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, March 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All community members from experienced gardeners to novices are welcome on one or both days. Wear boots and bring gloves and a sense of humor.

The garden is located on the sloping hill behind the Comporium parking lot on East Main Street. It's diagonally across from the Farmers Market.

This is the garden's fourth year of operation, and all of the produce is donated to Sharing House and Bread of Life.

With last year's banner harvest, the garden has now given $7,780 worth of fresh organic produce to Brevard's food bank and soup kitchen. The volunteers will aerate the soil and add mushroom compost to the planting beds, including four new planter boxes funded by a grant from the St. Philip's Episcopal Church Foundation.

For more information or to check on rain dates, call Norah Davis at 877-4070.


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