Time to get growing

Several new gardening opportunities will sprout Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at All Cultures Equal, 1440 East Second St., Webster City.

With the help of Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, Webster City Recreation and Public Grounds, Town and Country Garden Club, All Cultures Equal, and others, six new garden beds have been built to create the new Family Garden Space at ACE. Officials with ACE said the garden spaces are now available for families and individuals to rent and grow their own crops.

The cost is $50 for a 4-foot- by 8-foot garden and $25 for half that space. The money is for water and some gardening tools provided on the site. At Saturday’s workshop, people can learn how to maximize garden space by using square foot gardening and successive planting strategies. This is also the time to sign up for your garden space.

Third year

This is the third summer for the Boone River Country Community Gardens. It includes ten raised beds and a berry patch. FEAST – or Food Education Action Sustainability Team – has and will continue to plan, plant and maintain the gardens while they learn how to grow, store and prepare food. This year, ACE will provide for Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry patrons wanting to garden. The FEAST youth have provided some leadership for this new program and are calling it “Growing Garden Families.” The food from BRCCG feeds FEAST families, food pantry patrons and anyone else wanting to taste a little of the harvest. Officials said a garden sign is being added and there will be gardening workshops and youth programs offered to help people be successful gardeners. Sign up is on Saturday to participate in or help with these activities.

Everyone welcome

Anyone can attend Saturday’s Let’s Get Growing Workshop. Besides signing up and learning how to maximize garden spaces, everyone will have the opportunity to help plant cool season crops in the community gardens. ACE officials said everyone attending will have a chance to see the new Outdoor Space at ACE where help is needed with a grass track, natural play areas, giant games, a shady area, and picnic tables.