Crabtree Farms is once again offering their 6th
annual Community Garden Start-up Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The workshop will be held at the EPB Community Room. The workshop teaches the basics of successful community gardening from site planning and building, to fundraising, growing vegetables and raising community support.
This is the first year the workshop will take place over two days, with the second day involving a tour of existing Chattanooga area community gardens for participants. Participants will have the opportunity to get advice from Chattanooga’s experienced gardeners, see spring vegetable seedlings up close, and network with fellow gardeners.
“We’re thrilled to offer the Community Garden Start Up workshop again this year,” says Joel Houser, Executive Director of Crabtree Farms. “There is a lot of momentum surrounding community gardens, especially now in Chattanooga, and we want to make sure that anyone who wants to start a garden has access to the knowledge and tools they need to get growing.”
Crabtree Farms used to have community garden plots onsite, but in 2008 the farm started using the land for its own production in response to the increased demand for its fresh, locally-grown produce. Offering community garden workshops, education materials like the Community Garden Resource Guide, and consultations is Crabtree’s way of spreading the joys and benefits of gardening throughout the community.
“Chattanoogans are transforming their neighborhoods with successful community gardens,” said Andrea Jaeger, Programs Coordinator of Crabtree Farms. “These gardens provide families with greater access to fresh food, and a beautiful place for neighbors to meet and engage in a healthy, positive way.”
The community garden tour will start at Crabtree Farms for a tool demonstration, then will take participants to the East Main Street Community Garden and other gardens in the area. Seasoned growers at each site will share advice and solutions from their years of experience with the participants. Crabtree hopes that seeing these successful demonstrations of community gardening will both help to inspire the participants as well as reinforce the lessons from the previous day.