COLUMBIA — Seeing students' excitement as they dig up giant sweet potatoes and search for strawberries under leaves is Lea Langdon's reward for coordinating a community garden at New Haven Elementary School.
Question and answer with Community Garden Coalition of Columbia and Boone County President Bill McKelvey
Who can apply for a plot?
Do I need to pay for it? If I do, how much should I pay?
A: No fee, though donations are welcomed
When can I apply?
How can I apply? What materials do I need to prepare?
A: You can apply through our Web site, cgc.missouri.org. There is a brief application there.
What if I've already have a plot last year and want to continue this year?
A: Just keep in touch with your garden's leader at the end of the year to reserve your plot for the next year.
If I got a plot, is there any commitment?
A: Yes. You are expected to take care of your plot throughout the season and help out with general garden upkeep like mowing, trimming, compostingand attending workdays. Gardeners are also encouraged to help out with organizing their garden by joining their garden's leadership team.
Do I need to prepare my own gardening tools?
A: Most gardens share tools and keep them stored in a shed.
What can I plant in my own plot? Are there any limitations?
A: The choice is yours.