Archive for the ‘Community Garden’ Category

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden 2014 Update

Monday, September 8th, 2014

by Catherine Haug, Sept 8, 2014 (photo, below, by Sally Finneran/ Bigfork Eagle, used with permission)

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, 2014

Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden, 2014

The garden is located next to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, near the corner of Hwy 209 and South Ferndale Road in Ferndale. ESP helped start the garden in 2007, and a member of our core team – Mona Rae Tuhy – is the Master Gardener. This project has come a long way since its humble beginnings, with seventy-two 4X4 Square Foot Gardening plots actively maintained (2).

Participating in the community has several benefits; you can:

  • Grow your own food or flowers;
  • Grow food for the Bigfork Food Pantry (see below for more);
  • Participate in the  gardening community that forms naturally between the members, making new friends;
  • Help less experienced gardeners or get help from more experienced gardeners.

If you are interested in buying a plot for next year, contact Garden Chairperson Michelle Patterson (406-837-0982) or Master Gardener MonaRae Tuhy (406-837-9979). Plots cost $15 for the season if purchased before June 1, 2015; after that date, the price is $20.

See also related article in the Bigfork Eagle, by Sally Finneran: Community garden thrives in Ferndale (1) (more…)

New Community Garden Website

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

by Catherine Haug

St. Patrick’s Community Garden, now called the Bigfork/Ferndale Community Garden at St. Patrick’s Church, has a new website:

Cris Aguilar is the website editor, which includes:

  • what you need to provide, and what the garden provides;
  • posting of workshops;
  • wish list of items needed for the garden;
  • important links (to other websites);
  • contributors to the garden; and
  • a blog of articles relevant to the garden and gardening techniques.

St. Patrick’s Community Garden – New Website

Monday, November 9th, 2009

by Catherine Haug

Community Garden Webpage HeadingSt. Patrick’s Community Garden in Ferndale has a new web site:

Their website is still being created, but already there’s a lot of useful information there. The link is now included in our (ESP) list of links in the right-hand column, under Ag and Food Links as “St. Patrick’s Community Garden (Ferndale)

If you are one of the plot owners for next year, please check out the videos on Square Foot Gardening offered on the community garden’s home page and ‘Gardening Tips‘ page, or on the Square Foot Gardening site.

Garden Hoops from Natural Materials

Friday, November 6th, 2009

by Catherine Haug

Floating row cover over lilac branch hoops

Floating row cover over lilac hoops

In our video: Root Cellars, Gardens & Greenhouses Slideshow, we included an idea from Jeffrey Funk’s garden that deserves more exploration: natural twig hoops to support garden covers.

The photo, right, is of my lilac hoops with a floating cover, amidst the PVC hoops that I had originally placed, until inspired by Jeffrey’s idea.

In light of the toxicity of PVC that is typically used for garden hoops, and also considering the high cost of energy required to produce PVC, we’d like to encourage gardeners to use natural hoops. See The EssentiaList: Garden Hoops from Natural Materials for a printable pdf version of this post.

The following is from Jeffrey: (more…)

Community Garden: Compost Update

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Community Garden's Deer Fence

Community Garden's Deer Fence

by Catherine Haug

The St. Patrick’s Community Garden in Ferndale is in need of your compost. We recently moved the compost bin inside the deer fence, to keep deer and bear out of the bin.

The fence is not locked and you’ll still be able to dump your compostables. Just remember to close the gate when you leave.

Please do not dump your compost on the pile of wood chips outside the fence.  These chips are for mulching paths inside the garden, in the spring. (more…)

Community Garden Potato Festival – a Success!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

by Catherine Haug

Setting up at the Potato Festival,

Setting up at the Potato Festival

Today St. Patrick’s Community Garden celebrated a potato festival. The weather was great, if a bit windy.  The brats, hot dogs and ice cream were delicious. Bigfork Harvest Foods donated the hot dogs and provided a good discount on other items. Bigfork Drug and Roma’s Eclectic on Electric donated prizes. Please thank these businesses for their generosity.

Many people brought delicious potato dishes; it was difficult to vote for your favorite. The turnout was good, with several attending from our ESP community. A total of $225 was raised, which will help pay for a drip watering system for the garden.

Thank you! to all who contributed dishes and attended.

If you would like more information on the community garden, or to arrange for a plot, please contact Michelle at 837-0982 or jlp3(at) (email disguised for security). See also: Community Garden Project on this website.

work jlp3@bresnan.n