|Ever Green House ready to open: Garden plots will be made available to community|
|May 08, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Shante Trescott (left) and Cerelia Barrios stand beneath the fig tree that was planted in the 1980s in the Community Ever Green House in Gering.
After a season hiatus in 2013, the Community Ever Green House in Gering is ready to reopen during May.
“Last year was a slow year because of damage to the building due to some storms,” said Shante Trescott of Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN), the agency that sponsors the Ever Green House. “We’re still getting a few things repaired, but we’re ramping up for the spring season.”
She said the mission of the Green House is to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for the public who want to grow produce for local farmers’ markets as well as food security for people who need to supplement their diets. So far, about 10 people have expressed interest in the outdoor and indoor plots.
“We’re open not just for the low income community, but for everyone,” Trescott said. “We’re here for the better of the entire community. This is an ideal opportunity for people who live in a place where there isn’t space for gardening. We make gardening space available for those who don’t have it where they live.”
In past years, residents have grown a wide variety of produce at the Green House and community garden – from pumpkins and corn, to onions and tomatoes. “People are growing things for their everyday living,” Trescott said.
Managing the Green House this year is recent college graduate Cerelia Barrios.
“I was ready to either move or do something with my summer to build my resume in social work,” Barrios said. “I’ve enjoyed working with plants for a long time, so this is a good opportunity for me.”
The Green House is also partnering with Scottsbluff’s 18th Street Farmers’ Market to have produce for sale this season during the Saturday markets. Plus, the Green House is sponsoring a farmers’ market on Thursday afternoons in front of the building at Kimball Avenue and D Street, next to the Gering Armory. The weekly markets should start in the next couple of weeks.
Volunteers are also needed to help keep the Green House open during the season. People interested in volunteering or growing their own produce can call CAPWN at (308) 635-3089. They’re also in need of donated gardening items, such as rakes, wheelbarrows and shovels.