Sunrise Community Garden
A key theme heard through our outreach to the community was that people would love to have access to garden produce. However, folks experience many barriers to having a personal garden including time, space, knowledge and skills. In order to address that community need, Sunrise was co-sponsored by Wakarusa group of the Sierra Club to create Sunrise Community Garden.
The garden is maintained with the help of many volunteers, as well as Sunrise staff, and utilized by anyone in the community. Instead of having separate plots that people can rent, the whole garden is open to the public for free!
We are also developing vermicomposting (the process of composting using worms) at the Sunrise site! In partnership with five schools and with funding support fro Green Schools Grants, we’re working with Nicholas Ward, who is is developing vermicompost curriculum and conducting food audits at the schools, as well as building a worm bin at our site. We’ve begun picking up food scraps from the neighboring schools, which will feed the system and help us serve as a learning site.