Youth organization sponsors community garden project in Idaho Falls this summer

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IDAHO FALLS — A local nonprofit wants to promote learning opportunities for young people with a community garden project.

Community Youth in Action is partnering with Bonneville County Juvenile Probation, Master Gardners, and the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce to provide 88 garden plots on land at 950 Environmental Way across from 3B Detention and Treatment Center.

CYA Activities Coordinator Katie Barnes told EastIdahoNews.com that each plot measures 25 feet by 10 feet. The garden project will start on June 4 and is free for anyone who wishes to participate.

“We offer each family that registers one of these plots to plant, maintain and harvest for free. We offer instruction twice a week to help make the garden a success, as well as tools and seeds. We take care of all the watering, so it’s quite simple. They reap all the benefits of the harvest,” says Barnes.

Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and those who register must weed and tend their plot twice a week and harvest it as needed. Details on how to plant, how to access garden tools and other information will be provided during opening day instructions.

“We also have fruit trees that they will have access to, as well as additional pumpkin spots,” says Barnes.

The Chamber is planning a pre-opening clean-up project to prepare the ground for planting.

This project is funded by a grant CYA received as part of the COVID-19 shutdown, which is specifically designed to provide community engagement opportunities for children impacted by “learning loss” when the hands-on, in-person learning was not available. in schools.

The community garden project is aimed specifically at families with children and they will be given priority over other applicants in the registration process.

Barnes is excited about the project and hopes for good turnout.

Those interested in participating can email Katie@CYAIdaho.org or call (208) 926-6633. The deadline to apply is June 1.

Community Garden Project Flyer | Katie Barnes
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