While Mother Nature wasn't very kind this summer there was great commitment within Indian Lake to improve and expand the community garden. Due to the vast number involved please forgive me if I fail to mention you, for you were no less important.
Once again Rev. Hartwig played a vital part as he tilled the garden in the spring and plowed it under for winter. The fantastic men at the Indian Lake Rec Department built two gates and a ramp, hauled away accumulated debris, framed and secured the high tunnel, removed large rocks and brush and installed the garden sign made by Jill Reed all prior to the tilling.
Nancy Welch from Cornell Cooperative Extension continued her dedication to securing grants for all of Hamilton County's growing community gardens. This year's grant from Adirondack Rural Health Network was used to purchase $500 worth of plants from Jeff Rugen of Hope Valley Farm.
Tim Pine and his staff at Pine's Country Store were always helpful and knowledgeable when it came to selecting appropriate supplies, which were purchased with anonymous cash donations designated solely to increase the availability of fresh produce in our food pantry. Grace Hartwig, Doug Davis and others donated lettuce, pepper, tomato and sunflower plants.
Volunteers were crucial with garden preparation, planting and maintaining the "pantry" garden. Mrs. Hinckley's ninth grade class spent several hours planting, tilling designated areas and painstakingly picking rocks despite pouring rain. Without all this wonderful assistance the Community Garden would cease to exist.
Unfortunately, despite all this involvement and dedication the "pantry" garden produced a measly 269 pounds of produce. Nevertheless, we took advantage of a great opportunity to experiment with alternative growing techniques and chalked it up to another learning experience.
Though the garden has been put to rest for the winter the first seed catalog will be arriving soon. Until then thank you to all those who had a hand with the Indian Lake Community Garden, enjoy your winter, and may you return.
community garden coordinator