By Phyllis Odessey
I wasn’t sure it could be done.
Were we being too ambitious?
Was it to much to ask?
Could 21 volunteers of unknown skill build the following in less than 6 hours?
a rice paddy
a gourd tunnel
a corn crib
a melon trellis
6 raised beds
8 ft. fence
around the entire garden?
YES! YES! YES! YES!
Goldman Sachs Community Teamwork volunteers built all of the above, creating our new garden.
I want to share a few photos from the day with you.
Starting with “fort knox”,our corn crib.
Why do we need a corn crib?
To keep a pest out, who keeps eating our corn.
I believe we have built the best mousetrap possible.
Volunteers add the strapping and the “roof” boards. In this photo, Goldman Sachs volunteers add the wire fencing for the vines to grow up. It is being stapled in place.
Planter boxes for the gourds to grow up and cover the tunnel were also built.
The western part of the garden is sloped. What could be built there?
A trellis which would work on uneven ground.
In this photo, volunteers add chicken wire which will allow the melon vine to cover the trellis .The raised beds are carried into place. It was hard going. The beds are made of TREX, a dense recycled plastic material. We went through all the battery packs we had for our 4 drills. We use TREX because it’s a green material and unlike wood, kids can’t get splinters when leaning over the beds to plant.
This is what can happen in a day… when you have almost a village
made up of dedicated, hard-working volunteers.
We thank all the volunteers from Goldman Sachs from coming out and making this new space. We will keep you posted on how its being used.