Community garden a valuable county asset

Published 4:49 am Tuesday, June 30, 2009

By Staff
It’s a wonderful resource for area residents.
We’re talking, of course, about the Beaufort County Community Garden.
As chronicled in Sunday’s Daily News, that’s where gardening enthusiasts go to get dirty and smile a lot.
The fenced-in area just off Airport Road in Washington entices big kids (adults, to some) to play, raise healthful food, learn about horticulture and offer programs to help youngsters appreciate gardening and the value of healthful eating.
And what could be better than that?
The garden — consisting of 49 individual plots, of which 47 have been rented — is supervised by Beaufort County Cooperative Extension and managed by Beaufort County master gardeners.
According to Extension Director Ann Darkow, the garden plots are a popular alternative to shopping for produce — especially in the current recession. The different-sized plots rent for $20, $30 or $40 per year, and the total number of plots could be expanded next year, Darkow said.
So, if you love to dig in the dirt, enjoy nurturing plants as they grow and produce and relish bonding with other gardeners, the Beaufort County Community Garden might be perfect for you.
Check it out.
For more information, contact Tanya Weyhrauch, Beaufort County Cooperative Extension horticulture agent, 252-946-0111 or 252-944-4984.