WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT and guidance of Transition US, Transition Town Charlotte has embarked on a continuing project of growing edible gardens on Town of Charlotte land to demonstrate the abundant resources that are available locally through focused team.
Last year Transition Charlotte supporters and other citizens planted and harvested a potato garden next to the Charlotte Library. Part of the bountiful harvest was used at a “potato cook-off” party at the Charlotte Senior Center in October, 2012. The rest was donated to the Charlotte Food Shelf.
THIS YEAR we started a new bed for the potatoes (they do some of the tilling work for gardeners) and planting cherry and regular tomatoes and pole beans in the old bed. The children who are part of this summers “Dig Into Reading” Library program are learning about gardening and will build a bean teepee as well as some fairy houses. They will enjoy the garden’s bean teepee and decorate it as well as spend time reading inside it. We will also be removing some non-native bushes and replacing them with blueberries and other edibles. During the summer the children will enjoy the cherry tomatoes and blueberries.
At harvest time we will once again host a community “Spud Fest” and enjoy the potato, bean, and tomato recipes that the town folk produce. What a way to educate, change attitudes about landscaping, and have fun!