Getting the garden ready a community effort, featuring teens

This Saturday, April 27th the 4th annual Global Youth Service Day caps off Earth Week events at Flathead Valley Community College.

This Saturday, April 27th the 4th annual Global Youth Service Day caps off Earth Week events at Flathead Valley Community College.

The community garden behind Flathead Valley Community College needs some work. Quackgrass is invading the raised beds, and last years beds of squash, greens, herbs and more need weeding.

This Saturday April 27th people renting the raised beds in the Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead Community Garden behind FVCC will be working alongside about 80 youth from across the Flathead to get the beds back in shape for Global Youth Service Day.

“Really we’re going to wake up the garden and get it ready for the next planting season. And part of that will be weeding beds, and planting, you know- just the normal things you do to get your garden ready for the summer planting,” Gretchen Boyer is on the board for Farm Hands. She said this is the fourth year of the community garden, and of observing Global Youth Service Day.

Boyer said the students are coming from area high schools, the Montana Academy, the Center for Restorative Youth Justice, and a Girl Scout troupe is also participating.

Farm Hands puts together a map of local farms and ranches, the

restaurants that serve their food, the farmers markets where you can buy from them, and the community gardens where you could grow your own. It runs the community garden in partnership with FVCC, renting out the 40 raised beds to community members.

Besides renting out the beds it also offers programs for youth across the Flathead. Boyer says the underlying goal of Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead is connecting people to the sources of their food.

Global Youth Service Day is at the Flathead Valley Community College community garden this Saturday, April 27th, from 10AM to 2PM.

Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead runs the community garden in partnership with FVCC on the college campus.

“We also believe, as Farm Hands, Nourish the Flathead, that the community aspect of farming is important. So, the community garden really lends itself to having people garden together and asking for advice on issues that happen within plots, and learning about what grows well, but doing it with lots of other folks is pretty special,” Boyer said.

Farm Hands Nourish the Flathead hosts Global Youth Service Day in partnership with Montana Conservation Corps, FVCC, The Center for Restorative Youth Justice, Montana Academy, Flathead Youth Home and other local youth organizations.

Boyer says others are welcome to join in. It’s this Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 2 at the

community garden behind the Arts & Technology Building on the FVCC campus, rain or shine.

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