By: Jen Russon
Since its first growing season in 2009, a community garden the west side of town has gradually grown into something its members can be proud of.
Located on Sportsplex Drive near Dr. Paul’s Dog Park, they now have 54 overflowing garden beds and a food forest full of tropical fruits. Judith Gulko, co-founder and co-organizer, and other contributing members have continued to develop the area, made even more lush by recent additions.
The first working day of their planting season began on October 2 and coincided with the garden’s 13th anniversary.
“Old and new gardeners got together, started working on their plots and cleaning up the food forest and the Helena Ramsay memorial,” Gulko said, referring to the maze built by volunteers in the food forest.
Gulko said the new developments are a textured reflexology type path and a memorial grove, made possible by a generous grant from the Pollinator Project.
She added that they all worked hard to maintain a mandala circle filled with herbs and flowers, as well as row crops joining the landscape – the latter producing perhaps literal tons, donated to food banks every year. local.
“We will also start a school garden with a group of home-schooled children,” Gulko said.
The community garden club fee, open to residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and surrounding areas, is $ 40 per year; however, no plots are available at this time.
“People can contact us in January, because sometimes the plots become available in the middle of the year,” Gulko said.
In a video As told by Jackie Ida, also a co-founder and co-organizer, some of the ground rules were set by younger members, making it clear that the garden will continue to do what it does best: keep growing.
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