Community supports garden |

Community supports garden

Holly Atchison

A new garden is being tended to in Gardnerville. This is not an ordinary garden, though.

It is the result of a community effort by Stoddard Jacobsen, Linda Curtis, the Douglas County Senior Center, the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the China Spring Youth Camp.

Jacobsen, a Valley rancher, had two acres of land adjacent to garlic fields he wanted to donate and resident Linda Curtis had an idea that would benefit both the Food Closet and the Seniors Center.

The idea was that the Senior Center and the Food Closet could work together and plant a vegetable garden. The vegetables would be used at both.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Diane Malone, director of the Food Closet said. “It’s a benefit for the seniors as well as the clients of the Food Closet.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Triad group helped organize the project. The Triad group was started about a year ago to help seniors, according to Undersheriff Ron Pierini.

In addition to the land, Jacobsen is providing the irrigation for the plot.

The Senior Center purchased most of the seeds for the garden. The rest were donated by center members.

The seeds are being planted with help from Bill and Rita Lovelady. The couple owns a machine that deposits the seeds evenly and easily.

The seniors will work on the garden every Monday and Friday. The length of the project is not known, according to Kathy Maidlow, senior services supervisor.

“We’ll see how long it goes,” Maidlow said.

Seniors from the center are excited about this project, according to Maidlow.

Even those who cannot make it to the site are still able to contribute to the effort by tending to plants at the center that will soon be replanted at the site.

The boys of China Spring Youth Camp are giving their time and strength to help pull weeds on the land.

“We didn’t think there would be so many weeds growing,” Maidlow said.

Among some of the vegetables to be planted are carrots, potatoes, corn, pumpkins, zucchini, squash, cucumber, and beets. The plants should be ready for harvest in 50 days but the size of the crop is not known.

“Whatever we get is a bonus,” Malone said.