Basalt council approves community garden |

Basalt council approves community garden

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Basalt residents who want to start a community garden got a boost Tuesday night when the Town Council approved temporary use of a vacant lot on Homestead Drive.

The council unanimously approved a request by the Community Gardens Collective to use town-owned property across from the former Methodist Church for the 2010 growing season. Use of the property for a garden will be an annual review. The council reserved the right to use the land for some other purpose.

“We’re excited we got a green light for this year to get going,” said Gayle Shugars, a gardener and member of the collective.

The vacant lot will accommodate roughly 14 8-by-10-foot plots. The town government will install the infrastructure necessary to supply water. The collective and the individuals selected to work the plots will take care of cultivating, planting, weeding and harvesting. Plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and a fee of no more than $50 can be charged, according to the town approval. The actual fee is to be determined.

The collective spread word of its efforts via a table set up at the Willits Winter Market. Shugars said the effort will hopefully spur neighborhood and church groups to plant gardens. The Community Garden Collective will offer its expertise to interested parties.

There is a renewed interest among many people to grow their own food, she added.

For information about the Homestead Drive garden, call Gayle Shugars at 927-4563 or Gerry Terwilliger at 927-4629.

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