FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens set to work

Posted on March 29th, 2010 by Sara Willy

Over the weekend the FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens broke ground on a 20-plot community garden at the medians along Gilman Drive W. and 13th Ave. W., removing trees, growth and tilling the area.

Residents interested in securing a plot dug in from 9 a.m. well into the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday. Project head Charlie Hoselton praised the help in an email sent out to volunteers today.

We accomplished an amazing amount of work this weekend, thanks to all who pitched in, in helping build the infrastructure of our garden.

Charlie said he will continue working in the garden for a few hours each morning (10 a.m. to noon) Tuesday, March 30 through Friday, April 2 and welcomes anyone interested in volunteering to join him. There will be work parties again this weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. on both Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4, during which Charlie plans on finishing up the remaining work.

This coming weekend we can cut in remaining paths, plant the trees, put the rain barrels in and by Sunday afternoon, start assigning plots so that gardeners can start gardening!

And aside from stellar volunteers of all ages, Charlie is still looking for a few more supplies from the community, specifically cinder blocks, retaining wall blocks or bricks that could be used to construct a strong base for the garden’s rain barrels. If anyone would like to donate these or other items to the Gilman Urban Gardens, or get more information on how to volunteer, contact Charlie at Want to learn more about getting a plot at the garden? Download the FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens user agreement (.pdf).

(Photos courtesy of Charlie Hoselton).