Earthworm Acres is at the heart of Myrtle Point, at 4th and Maple streets, across the street from the city’s fire station.
The garden features 27 accessible raised wooden beds, each 4-feet by 12-feet and 2-feet high. Gardeners have access to a shed with tools, seeds, and fertilizer.
The community came together to open the garden in 2013. The wooden raised beds were built by the Coquille Tribe, Myrtle Point High School students, and many community volunteers. A garden shed was donated by the Myrtle Point Rotary Club. Community volunteer Leon Smith has continued his support. After building an arbor, fence and gate, he added a “Community Garden” sign and a deck where gardeners can gather for classes or socializing. The business community has been supportive as well.
The garden produces fresh, nutritious produce not only for families, but also for the community. Excess vegetables are donated to the Myrtle Point Food Bank, the Myrtle Point Senior Activity Center and from a bin located along the sidewalk outside the garden.
School children have learned basic botany by gathering leaves to mulch the garden.
Garden members are working to communicate valuable gardening information to the community. Gardeners get access to a “Snail Mail” box at the garden as well as the garden’s monthly newsletter, The Composter. They can also utilize the locally based Coos County Master Gardeners for plant and pest problems.
Garden plots are rented on a first-come, first-served basis each spring. A $20 fee plus a $10 deposit rents a bed for a season, which runs February 1 through November 30. The deposit is returned if the bed is cleaned out by the end of the season.
To apply, click on the Earthworm Acres App Garden Rules2018 link, contact garden president Heather Lilienthal at (541) 294-1161 or through firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthworm Acres applications will be available on February 1st. Download the application for a bed at Earthworm Acres and the application for membership to SCCGA. Gardening can begin on March 15th. Applications are also available at the OSU Extension, Myrtle Point City Hall, and at the Myrtle Point Public Library.