09 February 2012

Registration Process for 2012

I just received a very helpful email from Lisa Netherland, Community Garden Coordinator with the City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation.  Her email outlines the process by which you can register for a plot at one of the community gardens in South Fayetteville, including the Walker Park Community Garden:

Hello Jefferson and Walker Park Community Gardeners,
Thank you all for your continued interest in participating in a City of Fayetteville Community Garden. 
The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department is making positive and beneficial changes to the Community Garden In The Parks Program.  These changes are in response to user needs and are meant to provide ready-to-garden areas and to maximize citizen participation; leading to increased community building opportunities among citizens. The changes address how CGs will be built and organized. 
Over the past year, it has become clear that the original model, a pilot project, was limiting to building sustainable community participation.  This original model provided land and access to water.  Garden Groups would be responsible for funding and constructing plots and fences.  The Group would also be required to establish a method to collect plot fees from individual gardeners, pay for water consumption and submit a reasonable annual land-use fee to the City.  This annual fee was waived for the Walker Park CG in 2011.  By contrast, Jefferson CG's paid a seasonal plot fee, which would cover the costs of water provided by Fayetteville School District.  The City of Fayetteville currently has a 5 year lease agreement with the Fayetteville School District which allows citizens to utilize the Jefferson garden space as a community garden.  Jefferson CG is a good example of a ready-to-use community garden.
Jefferson CG provides a good CG model to increase community participation by providing plots to gardeners on an annual basis.  We are requesting that Jefferson CG be fully utilized first, then registration for plots in Walker Park CG will be open.  Registration will help us gauge how many participants are committed to gardening and will be mandatory to secure a garden plot in one of the South Fayetteville community gardens.  ,  Registration will be open first to those who gardened at Jefferson and Walker in 2011. 
Steps to Register:
Where: Registration forms and plot sign up will be available at the Parks and Recreation office at 1455 Happy Hollow Rd.
When: Registration will open to the current gardeners  from February 13 - February 27, 2012
           After February 27 registration will be opened to the entire community
What: Fees will be collected when your registration form is submitted and will cover water use and secure a plot for the gardening year.
          Registration will be for one year:  March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013
          Jefferson plot fee: Small bed (approximately 30 square feet) $20/year.    Large bed (approximately 70 square feet) $30/year
          Walker plot fee: Small bed (approximately 25 square feet) $20/year.  Medium bed (approximately 50 square feet $30/year.  Large bed (approximately 100 square feet) $40/year.
When Jefferson plots are full, registration will be open for Walker.  When we see sufficient interest in gardening at Walker we will proceed with building garden plots, fence construction and connecting a water supply.  Please understand that gardening at Walker Park is not an option until that time. 
Jefferson will be ready to garden on March 1, 2012.  Parks and Recreation maintenance staff will be adding a mix of topsoil, course sand and compost to each bed on Tuesday, February 14.  If you are currently gardening at Jefferson and have plants that need to be protected, please contact me at your soonest convenience.
As the City's Community Garden Coordinator and committee member of Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition,  I look forward to meeting each of you and working together with partners to assist with community building activities centered around your community garden.

I hope this information proves helpful for those who are looking to garden this spring. Thanks!  Sommer

08 February 2012

Garden Layout for City Approval

Hello fellow gardeners!  Thanks to David Beck, a Landscape Architecture graduate from the U of A, we have a layout of the garden to submit to the city for approval for spring 2012.   This will also be helpful as we go forward with future expansions or fence installation.  Currently, this plan shows only the existing garden plot, which will consist of the 4 rows that were created last spring.

We should try to submit this to the city by next week, so please take a look and leave any comments below.  Thanks!  Sommer

09 September 2011


Whew! What a summer we had. It's been too long since I've updated this site! I will be adding pictures, videos, and more details about our great first season here at WPCG.

For the time being, I'll say: exciting things are happening! We are in the midst of planning a huge expansion and revamp of our garden. Stay tuned for more!

If you would like to get involved in this planning, please email walkerparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com


PS: Check out the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition's snazzy new site! http://fayettevillegardens.org/wp/ (there we are on the front header!)

19 April 2011

Upcoming Events at WPCG

Exciting things are happening at Walker Park Community Garden!

Dripping Springs Garden, July 2010.
Photo by Michelle Leatherby
On Saturday, April 23rd, local grower Mark Cain of Dripping Springs Garden is giving a free workshop about the basics of organic gardening. Come learn about irrigation methods and planting from an expert who has been professionally growing in this area for over twenty years. This workshop is free and open to the public, so invite you're friends! A great way to culminate Earth Week. Workshop begins at 4 pm at the Garden site. If you're a plot holder at the garden, be there at 3:30 for a brief meeting. After the instruction, we'll be working in the garden, so come ready to get your hands dirty!

On Saturday, April 30th, ten volunteers from WPCG are assisting a local community member and veteran begin a garden space in his backyard. We will be double digging the site, pulling weeds, and planting some starts. The space is small, so we only need about 10 people. If you are interested in helping out, email walkerparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com and let us know. Work begins at 8am sharp!

Walker Park Community Garden is officially full! All of our individual plots have been claimed. As always, anyone and everyone is welcome to spend time working in the Community Plot. If you're interested in growing food with other people this season, you can check out the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition's list of other community gardens in the area where you can get involved! Check it out!

We hope to see you soon.


28 March 2011

Dig Day Video

After much frustration with compatibility and video converting, here is the video of Dig Day on February 27th, created by our own Frou Gallagher. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Derek Linn for file conversion expertise.


05 March 2011

Only the Beginning: Dig Day

Last Sunday, February 27th, residents from all over Fayetteville came together to officially build the Walker Park Community Garden.

Organizers came out around 11 to start setting up. We laid down cardboard as an organic way to stop  the pesky johnson grass that covers the site. We were soon joined by neighbors who were passing through and stopped to help.

One of the many moments the wind gave us a scare - By Tracey Haynes

The wind kept uprooting our cardboard, so we began covering the area with a thin layer of top soil.

By Tracey Haynes

We finished marking off the beds right around 1 p.m., when the official ceremony began. A crowd of  volunteers, armed with shovels and gloves, had already formed around the edges of the site, waiting to help. We hadn't even noticed. Suddenly, it was time to start! 

The ceremony began with a message from Lisa Netherland, horticulturist for the City of Fayetteville, and  Mayor Lioneld Jordan, and City Councilwoman Brenda Thiel. Then, our team of garden organizers, along with the city officials, cut the bright green ribbon and Dig Day officially began!

We built four 40-by-4 foot beds, with walkways in between, marked off with twine and metal stakes. Volunteers divided into teams to work on each of the four beds. We began by filling each bed with 8 inches of top soil.

By Tracey Haynes
By Fayetteville Partners for Better Housing
By Tracey Haynes

Then, we added four inches of beautiful compost from the city.

By Casey Willits
By Tracey Haynes
We finished up by spread mulch - also from the City - all around the beds.

By Fayetteville Partners For Better Housing
And then - in what seemed like no time at all but was actually 5 hours from beginning to end - we were done!

The most wonderful thing about this especially wonderful day was the attitude everyone brought to the garden. This truly was a community effort; people from all walks of life came out because they wanted to help. Among the 70+ people who came to Dig Day were senior citizens, kids from Fayetteville High School's National Honors Society and Teen Leadership X-perience, UofA students, parents, teachers, and everyone in between, from all over Fayetteville. Greenhouse Grille donated a delicious spread of Greek food and Arsaga's Espresso Cafe donated coffee and water. One kind man even gave out free massages for our achy workers!

Dig Day was also the official beginning of registration for individual plots at the garden. About 20 of the 30 plots were claimed, but we still have 10 left! If you are interested in gardening with us this year, please email walkerparkcommunitygarden@gmail.com. And be sure to come to our meeting tomorrow, March 6th at 2pm at our newly constructed garden site, right next to the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center.

Our Dig Day truly would not have been possible without the help from all of our volunteers and the generous support from Ozark Natural Foods. This day truly brought together this community, and it was fantastic.

Just a portion of our awesome volunteer crew! By Fayetteville Partners for Better Housing
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to make this event such a success. 


Be sure to check out the Dig Day press!

20 February 2011

Documentary in the Works

Our garden is getting some exciting publicity!

Frou Gallagher is a Video Producer for the City of Fayetteville's Government Channel. In addition to maintaining a plot in the garden, Frou is creating an educational video about the Community Gardens In The Parks Program for the government channel. Walker Park is the first and only project of this city program, so Frou's documentary will primarily be about our garden. 

In the words of Lisa Netherland, horticulturist for the city of Fayetteville and advisor of the program, "This video will be a valuable tool for supporting future community gardens in Fayetteville."

Check out Frou's latest work, featuring Walker Park Gardeners on the day we got our donation from Ozark Natural Foods!

And don't forget to RSVP to our facebook event and like us on facebook

Also, props to the Fayetteville Community Garden Coalition's Seed Swap today. It was a wonderful event. A bunch of folks came out, shared seeds and insight and laughs about silly plant jokes (as in me) and Bean Mountain Farms gave a seed starting demonstration. Kudos to the event planners!

Today, at the Swap, a community member told Ryan and I that we're probably going to get more interested gardeners than we can handle. I sure hope so.