Lincoln County’s 4-H Self Reliance Club starts a 7,500-square-foot garden in Toledo this spring, using the latest gardening techniques to develop a local, organic, sustainable food source. High school students from across Lincoln County are invited to join the 4-H Club and take part in this exciting project, known as the Organic Sustainable Food Source Project.
According to OSU, the main goal of the Self Reliance 4-H Club is to teach youth the financial, horticultural and organic gardening practices needed to operate a sustainable garden. Through the Toledo garden, in the former community garden near the Toledo Skate Park, youth will be introduced to the EarthBarrels and EarthBeds self-wicking gardening systems, and a compost hot water system and subterranean heating and cooling system. They will learn to grow food with and without soil, manage a greenhouse and program its computer controls as well as learn how the Garden of the Future could make them money.
The Organic Sustainable Food Source Project also employs aquaponics, a closed system that uses fish waste to provide an organic food source for plants. The plants in turn act as a filter to clean water for the fish.
The Organic Sustainable Food Source Project is being funded in part by a grant from the Oregon State University Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) program. YA4-H has launched the Producing for the Future Project to support local organizations in creating youth-developed community gardens in partnership with supportive adults in limited resource communities. Not only are organic gardening practices a focus but also developing and implementing a micro-enterprise venture to market the produce grown.
Lincoln County high school students and adult volunteers interested in being part of the project are encouraged to join the 4-H Self Reliance Club. No experience is required and all different levels of participation are possible. More-detailed PowerPoint and video presentations are also available for groups or organizations interested in becoming involved. For information, call 541-765-2109 or send an email.