Making Urban Spaces Green
Introducing RE Sources' New Community GardenWith the help of community partners, RE Sources has taken a step toward greening our city spaces. The unused grassy areas behind The RE Store is now a community garden and education center. Our lovely new RE Patch Community Garden houses eleven raised annual veggie beds, bordering edible perennial beds, and a mushroom-inoculated forest garden, on-site composting and rain harvesting systems.
If you're looking for a place to grow your veggies and herbs, The RE Patch may be right for you. No matter your gardening skill level, you're welcome to garden with us. If you would like more information or to schedule a garden tour, contact our Garden Coordinator.
The RE Patch Community Garden was born from a desire to create a center for growing food and teaching others how. With the skillful and generous support of our partners and volunteers, we transformed an unused space into a 300 square foot urban garden.
The first phase of The RE Patch Community Garden was installed with overwhelming community support in the spring of 2011. The edible landscape garden was designed and installed under the leadership of Homestead Habitats, a local, holistic landscape company, with the help of BUGS, Bellingham Urban Gardens. The eleven raised beds, built out of reclaimed materials donated from The RE Store, are now ready for the RE Patch garden collective, made up of neighbors and community members, to begin planting their veggies.
RE Patch stage two, installing the forest garden,
commenced the following spring. The Forest
Gardening class and installation work party was led again by Homestead Habitats and BUGS, with a mycology lesson led by Cascadia Mushrooms. Dozens of community members came out to learn about native plant recognition and properties, and the benefits of planting a garden that mimics the structure and function of natural ecosystems. Gardeners also learned techniques or inoculating fresh cut alder logs and beds of wood chips with mushroom spores, courtesy of Cascadia Mushrooms (find them at the Farmer's Market!).
The gardens are watered by a commercial size rain water catchment system, installed as a demonstration site by the City of Bellingham. The five on-site food grade cisterns collectively hold 1,250 gallons of rainwater off The RE Store warehouse's metal roof.
Today, RE Patch gardeners maintain and grow
vegetables and herbs in the community space. We've added a shed, a compost bin, a picnic table, arbor and planter boxes all built from RE VIsion Division repurposed materials.
The gardeners are working away and food is popping up all over the place! Stop by for a gander, pick some berries, eat your lunch on the grass, have a picnic, or join us for a work party.
Contact the Garden Coordinator for more information or to check the availability of garden beds.
If you'd like to teach a workshop or become involved in the RE Patch Community Garden, please contact Hannah Coughlin at 733.8307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Rainwater Harvesting, check out this Rainwater Harvesting Guide, put out by the City of Bellingham.
Special Thanks to our RE Patch partners
Homestead Habitats, Bellingham Urban Gardens, Cascadia Mushrooms, Cloud Mountain Farm and Nursery, Growsource, Gardens at Padden Creek, Shelterbelt, Inc., Plantas Nativa, Sunseed Farms, Earthworks Tree Se
rvice, Whatcom Conservation District, The Garden Spot, Tree Frog Farm Native Plant Nursery, Joe's Gardens, Treemendous Plantworks, deWilde's Nursery, and Bakerview Nursery & Garden Center
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