From Field to Farm

Our new garden site has transformed over the course of a few short months. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we have a brand new community garden!

Posted by Olivia Sanders, Dig In! Field Manager

What a whirlwind season it has been at the farm! From the foggy mornings of March to these warm summer days,  so many people working at Dig In! have been consistently, carefully crafting gardens and a farm from scratch. We’re quite proud of the transformation the earth we’ve cultivated has undergone in just a few months, and we want to share the story with you.

Last autumn, many of you took part in the transition of the garden on Bolens Creek to Blankenship Creek. In a matter of a few weeks, we picked every tool and material we could take with us–unfortunately we had to leave the soil– and brought them to our new home off of Prices Creek Road. We transplanted perennials, planted garlic, tucked tools away in our new barn, and waited patiently for the ground to freeze and thaw again. We held planning meetings through the cold of winter with our volunteers, local farmers, and permaculturists to dream about what the new farm would look like.

In early spring, we stepped onto the new ground with big dreams from our winter planning sessions. Looking at the five acres of blank pasture felt both inspiring and terrifying–where would we begin? The brown rectangle of tilled soil we saw didn’t exactly look like a community garden.

But slowly, the garden has taken shape. Week by week, our volunteer gardeners have painted their creative ideas over the blank slate. Soil was flipped into double dug, bio-intensive beds. Cardboard was layered into “lasagna” sheet mulching. Pocket-sized pollinator gardens popped up in corners. Daily we are surprised by some aspect of the garden’s new look. Each person leaves their mark in their own way. The garden has become an amazing collage of the community’s work, which in totality no one person can take credit for.

Now, we’re in the swing of high summer with nearly everything planted, weeded, mulched, and  growing strong. Harvesting our first flush of ripe tomatoes last week was a joyful milestone–I can’t think of a better reward for hard work than a ripe, heirloom tomato. A farm’s work is never done, but I am relieved at how established the new garden feels thanks to our everyone’s dedicated work. Just a couple months ago, I couldn’t have imagined the beauty and productivity you all have created.

Dig In! Community Garden is grateful to grow with everyone in this community. Everyone’s hard work creates a community garden where people can grow food, knowledge, friendships, and food security for Yancey County. Thank you to every person who has been a part of our growth and transition!

Join us in the gardens as we work together on Tuesday evenings 5 p.m. until sundown and Thursday mornings 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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