WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Growin’ your own…without paying retail…

Toledo Gardening Project

Toledo Gardening Project

Rain barrels make mini-mini-gardens!

Rain barrels make mini-mini-gardens!

Second Opportunity for High School Students to Find Out How to Be a Sustainable Garden Entrepreneur

The 4-H Sustainable Living Club is offering Lincoln County high school students a second opportunity to find out how they can be an entrepreneur and make money just by growing their own vegetables in a simple, mobile garden. The club’s second informational meeting is being held Saturday, March 22 at 1:05 p.m. in the basement of the Toledo Library. Youth and parents are encouraged to attend.

This 4-H project takes advantage of the EarthBarrel portable gardening system to allow anyone the ability to grow vegetables at home. That food can then be used by the family, donated to others in need or sold at the 4-H booth at the Farmer’s market, with the youth retaining all proceeds.

Youth joining the 4-H Sustainable Living Club and participating in the entrepreneurial project will be given everything they need to raise vegetables at home. The advantage of the EarthBarrel approach is that the unit is mobile and employs a self-contained water reservoir that helps keep the plants warm and therefore able to grow when in-ground plants would usually be stunted by the cold.

The 4-H Sustainable Living Club already manages a 7,500-square-foot garden in Toledo where the youth employ organic and sustainable practices to develop the land and raise the vegetables. That project as well as the new entrepreneurial gardening efforts are being funded by a grant from the Oregon State University Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) program, which seeks to support local organizations in creating youth-developed community gardens in limited resource communities.

For more information about this unique opportunity or the March 22 meeting, please contact 4-H Sustainable Club Leaders Carl and Coralee Palmer at 541-765-2109 or nextday@vol.com or contact Lincoln County 4-H Program Coordinator Todd Williver at the OSU Extension Office: 541-574-6534, todd.williver@oregonstate.edu

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