By Tim Paulitz, USDA-ARS Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit, Washington State Unversity, Pullman, WA
Come to the 2017 Spring Fair, Plant Sale and Open House for the Pullman Community Gardens at Koppel Farm on Saturday, May 13, 10 am – 2 pm, at the corner of Derby St. and Professional Mall Blvd. in Pullman.
We will have a plant sale – bedding and vegetable plants. Get advice on gardening from Latah Master Gardeners and WSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Enjoy food from the Fork in the Road Catering (South Fork) food truck. A number of other community groups will be there, including Palouse Proactive, Pullman Civic Trust, the Palouse Audubon Society, Palouse Astronomy Club, Palouse Discovery Science Center, Whitman County Democrats, Backyard Harvest, and Community Action Center Edible Landscape program. We will have a raffle for gardening supplies and a gift certificate to Sun Rental. We also have some plots available – $65 for a 20 x 20 plot. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at http://sites.google.com/site/koppelfarm/
The Community Garden is a non-profit organization and has been a community resource for over 20 years. We have about 100 plots that are managed organically and occupy three acres adjacent to the South Fork of the Palouse River. The adjacent land provides wildlife, pollinator and insect habitat. We have been working with WSU Entomology to test houses for cavity-nesting bees. The Community Garden provides plots free of charge to Backyard Harvest and Community Action Center Edible Landscape Program, who provide produce for local food banks. We have educational programs, including gardening advice on our website and a workshop on July 8 at 2 pm on soil testing.