Myrtle Point

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Earthworm Acres is a Work in Progress

If you drive down Maple Street in Myrtle Point and take a look at the empty lot next to The Valley Christian Center and across from the fire department (Maple and 4th,) you’ll find that what was a grassy lot is now the Myrtle Point Community Garden. Now known as Earthworm Acres, the garden is finally taking shape.

The Coquille Indian Tribe, who offered financial assistance and labor, worked to scrape and level the lot in preparation for the building of the raised beds. They also brought in bark mulch, which has been spread over the weed barrier between the rows of beds. The Tribe and a host of volunteers have built and filled the raised beds, laid the weed barrier, and spread the bark mulch. Several Myrtle Point High School shop and agricultural classes have been helping as their class schedules allow. Myrtle Point Rotary has donated a wooden shed that was used as their newspaper recycling shed.  It now sits at the garden, waiting for tools, wheelbarrow, etc. Community members are encouraged to participate whenever they have the time.

We encourage visitors to frequent the site and watch as progress continues, or help out on scheduled work days. You’re also invited to check early in the spring if you’re interested in renting a space in the community garden. There are 24 beds available for rent. Beds will be rented on a first come, first served basis beginning February 1st. Fees are $20 for the season for a 4’ x 12’ bed. Ten dollars is for the rental bed and ten dollars goes to the South Coast Community Garden Association for membership and insurance. Applications will be available here on the website (Applications) and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting Feb. 1st, 2013, and beds can be utilized until around November.

Thanks to the following groups and individuals for their support of this project:

Valley Christian Center: Leasing out the lot for the garden

Coquille Indian Tribe: Financial assistance, materials, and labor

Organic Valley: Grant money

South Coast Community Garden Assn: Financial assistance, expertise

Coos County Master Gardeners: Financial assistance (committed for next year), expertise

Hometown Hardware: Materials at discounted prices

East Fork Lumber: Lumber at discounted prices

Dan Mast: Donated lumber
MP Rotary: A wooden shed

And numerous individuals who have donated time working on this project to make sure it will be ready for the 2013 planting season.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with this community project, you can contact Heather Lilienthal, Garden President, at 541-572-5263 X 242 or email heather.lilienthal@oregonstate.edu.