Friday, April 2, 2010

Community garden starts to take shape

Presentation set for April 6

Express Staff Writer

A proposed community garden for the former location of the Blaine County Sheriff's Office in Hailey is beginning to take shape with preliminary designs for the now-vacant site.

The Hunger Coalition, chosen by the Blaine County Commission to manage the garden, is slated to share its draft design at a public meeting on Tuesday, April 6. The presentation will take place at the Hunger Coalition Food Bank, 121 Honeysuckle Lane in Bellevue, from 6-7:30 p.m.

In its current design, the quarter-acre site will include a garden and native landscape park, with individual garden beds dedicated to growing produce, native landscaping beds with educational signage, a small fruit orchard and compost bins.

"We are excited to develop this asset for the community, which will provide the hungry with an opportunity to participate in the production of their own food and give people the opportunity to work side-by-side while learning and giving back," Hunger Coalition President Brooke Bonner said.

The idea of a garden was first put forward in January by an ad-hoc committee composed of members of the Hunger Coalition, the Wood River Farmers Market, the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission, the Wood River Land Trust, Citizens for Smart Growth and the Blaine County Commission.

Kelley Weston, president and founder of Hailey-based landscape-architecture firm Native Landscapes, has been assisting with the project and using ideas from design workshops to arrive at the current concept.

The garden will also be used for educational workshops on growing produce, incorporating native plants and water-wise gardening practices, as well as for providing volunteer opportunities in the community.

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