West Vail community garden takes shape
May 18, 2011
As Vail begins to show signs of spring, the West Vail Community Garden is becoming a reality as organizers look to a June planting and harvesting throughout the season into the fall. Since receiving town council approval to pursue the project on town-owned land west of Stephens Park in the Intermountain neighborhood, a volunteer committee has been formed, a site plan has been developed and operating documents have been drafted. Site work has begun on the site, including the construction of a parking lot and installation of a water line and hose bibs for the 24 garden plots. In addition, soil has been donated and delivered by Schofield Excavation, Inc. and lumber is on its way from Alpine Lumber.
The first garden work day has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21, when volunteers will build garden beds and complete site work, as well as enjoy lunch and a presentation on organic gardening by Nick Courtens of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. All are welcome.
Ten of the site’s 16 garden plots have been reserved thus far. Costs vary from $20 to $30, depending on size. To request an application or to reserve a plot, e-mail the West Vail Community Gardens at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, at 477-3455.