Summer is a busy time at the Barn Demonstration Gardens
It has been busy out at the RCMG Demonstration Gardens! A big thanks to all of the RCMG volunteers coming out to help. Since we were able to plant most annual beds on schedule, the vegetable gardens are now coming into their period of peak production. The flowers are blooming and the vegetables are ripening. Produce grown in these gardens go to Keystone Food Shelves. Last year (2022) RCMG donated 1,571 pounds of food to Keystone and we aim to meat-or-beat that this year!
Following the maintenance work at the Barn in June – Extension Facilities Management had to make changes to the water line, which meant they needed to dig out the space under our seed trial beds – we were able to reassemble our raised beds. Again BIG thanks to everyone who helped that day! We planted the raised beds with late season vegetables. Once ready, that produce will also go to Keystone Food Shelves, extending our harvest into the fall.
Come for a Visit
Please come out at take a look at the gardens, or better yet, volunteer for a shift! There are three different Barn Gardens sign-ups to choose from, with something happening most days of the week.
Maintenance (Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. & Saturdays 9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Extra Watering ( Mondays & Fridays 9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Harvesting (Mondays & Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m.)
Thanks to all of the RCMG volunteers who have helped so far this year!
Barn Garden Committee Chair
This community service project supports the both the Horticulture Skills & Local Foods priorities of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program — Share current research-based horticulture principles and practices & Promote the use of sustainable techniques to grow local food on multiple scales and in different types of locations.