Yachats Demonstration and Community Garden gets boost from tribal grant

A group of volunteers works to assemble new raised beds at the Yachats Demonstration and Community Garden. (Courtesy photo)

The Yachats Demonstration and Community Garden (YDCG) is preparing for the growing season with help from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the “Old Retired Guys” and Lincoln County Master Gardeners.

On March 26, volunteers came together to replace aging one-foot-high raised garden beds with eco-friendly, ergonomic, two-foot-high Durable GreenBed Kits, which will last for 25 years and are capable of withstanding all weather extremes.

Garden organizers expressed appreciation for a $3,000 grant from the Siletz Tribe, which purchased seven of these kits for the garden. The “Old Retired Guys” volunteers included Joe Novello, Guy Hadden, Kelly Greer and Keith Korporaal; they helped organize the volunteers and assemble the Durable GreenBed Kits. Lincoln County Master Gardener veterans, 2019 apprentices and volunteers Donna Hadden, Laura Hauert, Winnie Greenshields, Betty Bahn, Donna Davis, David Davis, James Davis, Greg Kurtz, Jane Patton, Karan Tyner, John Smith and Ramona Goddard completed the assembly team.

YDCG was established in 2009 as a joint endeavor between OSU Extension, the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association and the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church. YDCG functions as both a master gardener demonstration area and a community garden. The garden features 15 raised beds, 13 garden plots (including Food Share plots), a greenhouse, compost area and a rooftop rainwater collection system.

YDCG educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants with significant produce contributions to the South Lincoln Resources Food Share program and the Yachats Food Pantry. On Sunday April 28, YDCG will be hosting an open house/plant clinic educational outreach program on building and gardening in the raised beds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the garden, located at Seventh Street and Driftwood Lane in Yachats. For more information, contact [email protected].


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