STILLWATER, Okla. —
Have you ever wanted to grow your own organic garden, but didn’t know how — or didn’t have the space to do it? Learn how at the Oksprout Community Garden spring celebration and work day from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The garden is located at 1023 E. Will Rogers Dr. behind the First Church of the Nazarene.
“Dress for gardening – and bring your own tools,” said Cheryl Baker, Oksprout coordinator. “Families should bring the children, especially to hear Oklahoma State University extension specialist Eric Rebek demonstrate how to make bug hotels.”
Insects can be beneficial to the garden so the group will learn how to make habitats to encourage good bugs to stay and make the gardens more productive, Baker said. Garden chores the group plans to tackle include preparing future plots by sheet mulching and loading brush, hauling mulch and compost.
“We are hoping to open eight more plots,” Baker said.
Joining the community garden is free with the only cost being the labor required to make a plot productive. Gardeners save money, eat better, get some exercise, and improve the community, Baker said. Some plots are managed by groups while individuals work many of the 15 by 15 feet plots. Teams are helping needy families as they provide the labor in exchange for harvesting all the fresh produce they can eat.
“Gardening gives people the opportunity to plant the kinds of plants to bring them back to their culture — or just a sense of joy of having the food that they really love and appreciate,” said Adam Cobb, one of Oksprout's founders.
Community gardens provide fresh produce as well as satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment, Cobb said. Sustainable Stillwater helped develop Oksprout Community Garden with the First Church of the Nazarene providing the acreage to work with area residents on a community endeavor, said Pastor Henry Siems. Sabine Lewis, a German teacher at OSU, said she enjoys the camaraderie of people helping each other with gardening practices.