KEENE — Mary Godnick of Creative Kitchen Garden was one in every of eight recipients of a grant from the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund.
Named for one of many Adirondack Garden Club’s most excellent members, the fund was established in 2005 to provide monetary help to people and not-for-profit organizations concerned in applications whose objective is to review, defend and benefit from the pure setting throughout the Adirondack Park.
The Creative Kitchen
Mrs. Paine, who handed away in 2005, was an avid gardener who took nice pleasure within the gardens of her household properties, in keeping with a press launch.
“The Creative Kitchen Garden is a space at Dacy Meadow Farm, which is a cooperative farm in Westport,” Godnick stated.
“It’s an area the place we provide gardening excursions, workshops and largely u-picks. So, we’ve got one evening every week the place we’ve got group u-pick nights the place we folks can come and decide veggies, herbs, flowers. They pay a flat charge for that.
“So really, the space is focused on not necessarily large-scale vegetable production but more about having many people reconnect with plants and nature and learn more about where their food comes from and how to access healthy, local, seasonal food and just kind of experience being on a farm and in a garden.”
Second 12 months
Godnick has grown diversified veggies, flowers and herbs there for a number of years.
“Last year was the first year we opened up the garden for tours and u-picks,” she stated.
“This is our second year doing more of these kind of public-facing events. The grant is to help expand the garden specifically with construction and purchase of perennial plants, I’m really interested in environmental conservation, and there’s a lot of wild flowers that are really important to pollinators and birds.”
Less water use
Godnick desires to introduce fruit crops reminiscent of raspberries and blueberries to the area.
“Things like that use much less water,” she stated.
“They require less applications of things like even natural organic pesticides. They require less use of those. It’s more long term. They offer more for what you put into them, and they are also beneficial for wildlife and pollinators.”
That backyard enlargement will enable extra households to come back and do issues like decide fruit and find out about native wildflowers.
“Education a really big component of it,” Godnick stated.
“We have a very big diversity of plants. We probably have hundreds of different plants and veggies and things like that. There are always a couple of things that even experienced gardeners don’t know what they are and can learn about a little bit more. Having the wildflowers and native plants and perennial plants there will help raise awareness of their importance, too.”