For the 2nd year, Vireo is volunteering at the 18Broadway garden in the Crossroads. The terraced site includes over 50 raised planter beds in which various organizations and groups volunteer to maintain. Missouri Extension assigns the vegetables to each bed and procures the seed and/or plants.
So far, we’ve put carrots, lettuces, sweet potatoes, green beans and tomatoes in the ground and have had a little help from Mother Nature keeping everything watered so far, helping out with germination. Over the new few weeks we will water, weed, and thin out the rows of carrots and lettuce as necessary. In a few weeks, we should be digging up juicy carrots and picking crunchy lettuce, with the potatoes, beans and tomatoes coming along later.
This urban demonstration site, which Vireo helped make a reality, is owned by DST Systems and the garden is managed by University of Missouri Extension Service. In 2013 Vireo harvested over 200 lbs of vegetables, which were donated to Harvesters Community Food Network of Kansas City. It’s a great opportunity for us to get our hands a little dirty and help provide fresh food to the community.
We will continue to post photos from the garden throughout the growing season, so check back with us over the next few months for updates on its progress!