The Yachats Demonstration and Community Garden goal is to demonstrate, educate, and inspire. By applying sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques at our quarter-acre garden in the center of town we demonstrate methods and plant choices most suited to our coastal location and unique weather conditions. Combining native and colonial plantings as wind blocks, we are experimenting on ways to create better-suited growing space for more sensitive plants and vegetables, just one block from the crashing Pacific Ocean waves.
Last year, our freshman year, we produced more than 300 pounds of vegetables for food shares and food pantries up and down the cenral Oregon coast. Interns from the Lincoln County Master Gardener training program demonstrate thier class projects in a portion of the garden while other areas are designated for community plots.
Now in our second year, our goal is to produce 500 pounds of food for the hungry.
The garden is open to the public to tour and visitors are encouraged to come visit and volunteer.
For the 2010 season the Yachats Demonstration and Community Garden constructed 12 raised growing beds. We plan to install drip irrigation systems; a sensory garden; native wind-break plantings; an accessible, table-top bed; 2010 Master Gardener apprentice class projects; community gardening plots; and a food-to-pantry donation goal of 500 pounds.
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