Sowing the seeds of thanks
That was a wonderful article by Scott Condon in The Aspen Times on Sept. 8 (“Work produces rewards at Basalt community garden”) about the Grace-Shehi community garden that was established this year by the Mid-Valley Community Garden Collective.
We had a lot of help getting this garden established and want to thank all the donors and contributors who made it happen. The land itself is owned jointly by Pitkin County and the town of Basalt, which gave us permission for the garden. Both the county and town contributed financially toward the garden, and the town installed a water line and provided water free of charge to the garden.
A wonderful donation of both the installation and the materials for the irrigation system was made by Columbine Landscaping. The Aspen Skiing Co. Employee Environmental Fund provided a substantial grant to help pay for fencing and other needed materials. The Pardon My Garden gardening club, Slow Foods Roaring Fork and the Elks Club of Aspen contributed additional financial support to the garden effort. Also, without the work of all the enthusiastic gardeners to establish the garden layout and maintain the common areas of the garden, this garden would not have come into existence.
Wow! This has been a great community effort, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Come by and see the garden. It is just west of the Basalt High School. We have a garden space for you.
Gerry Terwilliger, Gayle Shugars, Fran Suiter and Patty Overstreet
Mid-Valley Community Garden Collective
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