Developing a community | Coeur d’Alene Press
COEUR D’ALENE – With 13 years and over 59,000 pounds of food donated to aid programs and families in need, a 60-plot community garden spanning three city lots is certainly increasing its fair share.
Shared Harvest Community Garden, a non-profit organization operating under the tax sponsorship of Inland Northwest Community Gardens, was founded by Kim Normand on property owned by Marshall and Dolly Mend on 10th Street and Foster Avenue in Coeur d ‘Awl.
“We are really excited to have the garden here,” said Sherilyn Long, chair of the garden council. “When our world is really divided, a community garden is a great place because you have people who become friends who come from all parts of the world, but also from all perspectives. “
This is Long’s fifth year of volunteering in the garden and second year as president of the 100% volunteer-run nonprofit.
“It’s really fun to see people come in, have a beer, have a meal together and be able to communicate.” said a long time.
“When you shovel manure together, it’s easy to put aside all the differences you have,” Long added with a laugh.
By its name Shared Harvest, the garden operates through rental of plots for $ 25 per season, and owners are encouraged to donate half of their produce. There are also 100% donation plots.
Long said the garden is in need of a new shed, a compost pile, a ladder and maintenance work. She said donations are always appreciated, as operating costs are around $ 15,000 per year.
“Donating to the garden contributes to food security and mental health,” Long said. “And it’s different from a park because people are involved, they are engaged.”
On September 11, the Shared Harvest Community Garden is hosting its annual Dinner Under the Stars, a fundraiser with food provided by the collective kitchen. There will be an auction and live jazz music.
Dinner takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the garden under the lights hung by the Hagadone company, with tickets available at the Art Spirit gallery in Coeur d’Alene for $ 40.
“I think people are very excited about this event,” Long said. “It’s going to be beautiful.”
Ticket sales and donations will go towards general operating expenses and rainy day funds.
Over the years, Long said, the garden has seen specialist recreation groups come in to help, as well as community members working together to help maintain plots owned by families who have gone through tragedies.
“It’s a really sweet thing,” Long said. “People who get involved because they want to be able to think of someone else and give rather than just thinking about their problems and challenges in life.”
For community members who wish to participate in the gardening, a weeding and coffee group meets in the garden from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, and food drives are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday with a potluck.
Long said members of the community who want to work in the garden should contact her at [email protected]