This year’s community garden kit giveaway landed on the start of a beautiful spring day. The EBCI Cooperative Extension Office hosted the 15th Annual Cherokee Community Garden Kit Giveaway on Monday, April 2 beginning at Tsali Manor. This year’s kit was composed of a set of strawberry crowns, white onion bulbs, North Georgia candy roaster seed, peaches and cream corn seed, southern giant curled mustard seed, early prolific straightneck yellow squash seed, mammoth sunflower seed, October bean, moon and stars watermelon seed, creasy greens seed, and turkey craw pole bean seed.
The kit was furnished through Long Family Farm and Gallery, a local business operated by Harold and Nancy Long. Several seed packets were grown by the Longs, which include candy roaster, squash, sunflower, turkey craw pole bean, October bean, and watermelon seed.
“It is a pleasure of this Tribe to support and partner with an enrolled member to contract for this supplies in the kit,” said Joey Owle, EBCI Secretary of Agriculture. “The Longs package the seed by hand and were present at each distribution location to support our communities.”
Cooperative Extension finished out the distribution in Cherokee County at the John Welch Senior Center in Cherokee County and Jacob Cornsilk Complex in Snowbird on Wednesday, April 4.
If you have not picked up your kit, Cooperative Extension will continue distribution at the Cooperative Extension Office on Acquoni Rd. through Friday, April 13. Due to the strawberry crowns being distributed bare root, it is unlikely that any will be available after April 6 because they need to be planted soon!
– EBCI Cooperative Extension