The resident community garden was built by the developer of NorthWest Crossing, West Bend Property Company, and is managed by the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener program. It's located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive and Charbonneau Street, near Discovery Park Lodge and Summit High School. Nearly 50 families participate in the community garden each year.
The NWX community garden features cedar raised beds with irrigation and is enclosed by an eight-foot tall wire fence. Both La Rosa and portello winecafé, restaurants in NorthWest Crossing, participate in the community garden. They feature fresh produce grown in their garden plot on their summer menus.
The community garden is open to residents and restaurants in NorthWest Crossing and beyond. If you would like more information on the garden, or to get on the waiting list for a plot for the 2013 season, please contact John Coltman at [email protected] or 541-633-0106; or Louise Gaston at [email protected] or 541-318-5759.
June 7th Update:
The great weather has encouraged the gardeners at NWX. Many planted early, and are already reaping their rewards-lettuce and greens. Most have erect structures to protect their plants from the colder temperatures and ever-present wind. Peeking into the structures is a delight-beds full of happy vegetables and flowers! We have one gardener who has planted strawberries and hopes to winter them over. Another hopes to do the same with garlic.
Paul MacMillan has taken the lead on our compost program. He has spent many hours sorting through the bins, keeping the "good stuff" and discarding the weeds, plastic, and garbage. We have one bin which is full and "composting". We hope to have a second bin ready soon.
Our bi-monthly garden meetings have been well attended by our gardeners. Mini-class topics have included laying the drip lines for effective water coverage, planting seeds and starts correctly, and using walls of water and other passive solar heating. Our next garden meeting is Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 pm. Our mini-class will introduce gardeners to our compost system.
At present, we have 42 beds rented. Four GAs are planting and tending demo beds, three of our gardeners have planted a second bed and are growing vegetables for the Grow-A-Row Program. We have a few empty beds. If there are any MGs who would like to plant and tend one of these beds for the Grow-A-Row program, please contact John Coltman ([email protected] 541-678-5949) or Louise Gaston ([email protected] 541-318-5759). We would love to have you.
**NOTE: 2013 Opening Day is April 27th...
Opening Day and Registration will be on Saturday, 4/27/2013 starting at 9:30am at the NorthWest Crossing Community Garden. The beds not already reserved by the returning gardeners will be rented on a first come/first served basis. Residency in NorthWest Crossing is NOT required.
Opening day is a REQUIRED DAY for all gardeners, as you will need to:
- Complete a short registration form
- Make your $30.00 payment, cash or check. (checks to be made out to “Deschutes County Extension Service”) NO credit cards accepted
- Pick up your NWXCG Handbook
- Help out with a general clean-up/preparation of the garden area. SO BRING YOUR GLOVES, SHOVELS/RAKES & TROWELS!
You will meet our Garden Assistants (GA), as they will be there to participate as well. The time required should be less than an hour.
We will go over some of the basics for gardening here, such as amending the soil and irrigation tips. We will also quickly discuss the “RULES & REGULATIONS OF NWXCG” found in the Handbook you will receive upon registering, and answer any questions that you might have.
While many of us love our pets, please adhere to the No Pet Policy within the fenced garden. Thank you in advance for being respectful of this request.
The NWX Community Garden is located on the corner of NW Crossing Drive and Clearwater Drive. For more information, please contact John Coltman at 541-633-0106 or [email protected], or Louise Gaston at [email protected] or 541-318-5759. Thank you for your interest in our garden and we look forward to seeing your beautiful bounty!