March 31, 2017 11:00 a.m.
The Westside Community Garden has an open house on Saturday.
In its fifth year, the garden has been open to the public to grow organic food. Forty three ground level plots are in the garden. They are either sixteen feet by sixteen feet or eight feet by eight feet in size. There are eighteen raised beds as well. Organizers ask for a $20 donation for using each plot but the money is not required. There are still some plots that are open for use this year.
The garden is in the backyard of the First United Methodist Church on West Harvard in Roseburg.
On Saturday events will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They include a visit to the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, which is also on the church grounds. At 11:00 a.m. a gathering will feature three Oregon State University Extension agents who will present information on growing organic food, seeding and seed selection, compost and sheet mulching and more. A plant based potluck meal will take place at 1:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring a vegan dish to share and their own table service. Later a seed and plant swap is on the schedule.
The Forest Garden which has been renamed the Community Orchard can also be seen. It has a nearly completed handicap accessible ramp through the orchard. There are fruit and nut trees, along with blueberries and grapes. There is also a mint garden and a strawberry bed near a handicap accessible tool shed.
The Westside Community Garden board is comprised of church and other community members. Chriset Palenshus is the Garden Manager. Dozens of private businesses, community groups and others have helped building the facility to what it is today.