Magic Garden is Planted and Growing

Post date: May 31, 2012 3:37:49 PM

In cooperation with the Joseph United Methodist Church, the Magic Garden is once again planted and produce is growing! Last year, the church received a grant that would help the community eat healthier by getting students and community members involved in planting gardens. We previously had a fenced garden area and greenhouse at our school, thanks to Dave Yost and the FFA program, so we joined forces with the church to ensure the spaces were being used to their maximum capacity. We're now on our second year of having the Magic Garden, and the students are loving it!

Each spring, the students help to plant the garden. First, they plant the seeds in the greenhouse and wait for everything to mature enough to be planted outside. Of course, the weather is another consideration, and they have to wait until it is warm enough at night for the plants to survive.

In the summer months, Robin and David Martin, who have spearheaded the Magic Garden project from the beginning, ensure that they and a bundle of volunteers tend to the various garden spaces. Volunteers are still needed to water and weed the gardens in the summer. See the contact information below for David and Robin Martin in order to get involved!

Once the gardens are producing food, the vegetables are given away at the local farmer's market and given to the school for use in our school lunches. Also, at the end of the season, a harvest festival is held. Last year's first annual festival was a huge community hit, and we hope to be able to continue to host that event in the coming years.

While we have a great garden spot at our school, it is not the only Magic Garden plot that grows produce for the community and the school. There is another site in Imnaha as well. Also this year, the Family Youth Center between Enterprise and Joseph, will also have plots for anyone who does not have space available at their own home to garden.

We are very excited that we are able to participate in such a fun and healthy activity, and really enjoy the fall months when we get to eat the wonderful food! If you would like to help out with the Magic Garden, or are interested in a garden plot at the Family Youth Center, please call David or Robin Martin at 541-432-4042 or e-mail them at