Behind the store is a large grassy community park of sorts with a stage, gardens and greenhouse that was created in 2011 using volunteer labor and generous grants from both the “Women Who Care Giving Circle” and the “Master Gardeners of Jefferson County”. The idea was to create a community space for informal gathering, special events, and gardening programs to advance the agricultural community needs of Chimacum.
Since inception the Garden has hosted many fabulous events including the Chimacum Farmers Market every Sunday June-Oct, the Corner’s Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration and Talent Show, the 2013 Farm Tour 3-Pig Roast, and in 2011 a Tri-Area Scavenger Hunt. In 2012, the Buckhorn Range chapter of the Backcountry Horseman’s Association installed and celebrated a public hitching post, Chimacum’s first in at least a couple decades.
The Garden’s greenhouse, built by volunteers that first summer, has been busy each season since. This summer (2014), Cody, a young farmer from Ananda Hill Farm has been given use of the greenhouse to grow heritage tomatoes under the tutelage of Dick Schneider, local tomato guru. With any luck, the Corner hopes to support Cody by buying the tomatoes when ripe and tasty, and selling them to YOU! Take a peak inside to check their progress. In both 2012 and 2013 the greenhouse was used to grow fresh produce for the local food banks. Have a proposal for using the greenhouse in 2015? Pitch your idea to Rob, the Corner’s General Manager or email us!
Events and greenhouse aside, anyone is free to enjoy the garden during business hours. Buy yourself a cone, sit yourself at one of the picnic tables, admire the mountain view, and… ponder just how great it will be once the Jefferson Land Trust builds its incubator farm program north of us in the adjoining field!
Finally, some photos:
BEFORE: The “garden” (2010) in need of some “Women Who Care” and a little cash.
HERB GARDEN: Volunteers preparing and planting herbs in “Magical Soil” donated by Short’s Family Farm. The Master Gardeners of Jefferson County supervise and teach.
GREENHOUSE: Over 2 weekends John Bellow of SpringRain farm guided volunteers in the proper construction of a greenhouse.
FOOD BANK: For two seasons, the greenhouse was put into service growing produce for local Food Banks.
EVENTS: Many community events find their home here including a Tri-Area Scavenger Hunt,
The Corner’s Annual Inter-Dependence Day celebration and talent show,
And an “Edible Seattle” sponsored Big Tent 3-Pig Roast which raised funds for the WSU Small Farms Program.
HITCHING POST: This being Chimacum, the Buckhorn Range chapter of the Backcountry Horseman’s Association donated to the garden a badly needed hitching post.
FARMERS MARKET: Lastly, we can’t forget the fabulous Chimacum Farmers Market that relocated to these grounds in 2010 from the Grange. Buy direct from our farmers, Sundays 10-2, June-Oct.
HEIRLOOM TOMATOES COMING YOUR WAY: Back in the greenhouse, looks like Cody’s tomatoes are doing well. Just a few more weeks…
Thanks “WOMEN WHO CARE” for having the vision and sharing!