About a year and a half ago, I wrote about neighborhoods and the spirit of cooperation they can engender when people reach out to each other. One idea that I mentioned was community gardens, and it looks like another one is just about to come to fruition in Downtown Grand Junction.
This sign has been up for a couple of months now, on a vacant lot at the southeast corner of 5th Street and Chipeta Avenue. The land is owned by the Mesa County Public Library District, and the project is being managed by the CSU Cooperative Extension office on Orchard Mesa.
I recently spoke with Curtis Swift of the Extension office. He stated that as the library district can't legally charge users of their land for a garden, they have asked his office to coordinate these efforts. He estimated that a 20 ft by 20 ft section of the garden would cost around $50 per season, primarily to offset the cost of an irrigation system and water.
Mr. Swift expected to have to conduct a lottery for available spaces, so if you're interested in being listed for one, it would probably be a good ideal to contact him at 970-244-1834.
Congratulations to all involved in working together to bring a valuable use to this vacant land.
One thing I've noticed with increasing frequency is grocers more openly identifying the origin of the products they sell. This seems to be much more evident with regard to fruits and vegetables. I know several people that will not buy foreign produce under any circumstances, even though I think it's pretty difficult if not impossible to find an American-grown banana.
All of the produce on sale at this particular market had its country of origin clearly identified next to the price, as illustrated above. This is most likely due to pressure from consumers, and it's a good thing.
Eat your fruits and vegetables.
Have a great day.