Have you ever wanted to raise chickens, keep bees, build a rain barrel system, or construct a wood-fired pizza oven? The Winona Community Garden fund raiser on July 29 offers a chance to see people in the community demonstrate how they are “farming” in their own backyards.
In addition, there will be demonstrations of food dehydration for preserving fruits and vegetables, red worm composting, and tips for making “garden bling,” such as stepping stones, mushrooms, and hosta leaves. All homes on the tour are in Winona and will be open from noon until 4 p.m.
Demonstrations will be held at each location at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Some handouts and instructions will be available.
The cost of the tour is $10 per person in advance, and may also be purchased the day of the tour at each location for $12 each. Children 16 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Bluff Country Co-op, Paperbacks and Pieces bookstore, The Bookshelf bookstore, and the Winona Post.
Addresses for each home and a map are printed on the tickets. Call Catherine Cleary at 407-458-3213, or Jennie Rafferty at 507-454-0381 or .com”www.winonacommunitygarden. blogspot.com for more information.
Information About the Garden
The Wapahasa Prairie Community Garden is located just south of Winona Health’s main campus. In 2008 Winona Health generously offered the use of its land on a temporary basis to local gardeners who had the vision of creating a public vegetable garden. The goal is to give people who live or work in Winona a place to grow vegetables organically for their own use. The garden is financially self-sustaining through registration fees and fundraising activities. The gardeners donate extra produce to local food shelves and organizations. The gardeners also share plants, seeds and information on all aspects of gardening with each other, and provide education to the greater community through classes and open houses at the garden.