Submitted By: Don Decker, YAN Public Relations/News
The Diabetes Program along with the Community Health Representative (CHR) literally went into the fields second week in March to begin their annual garden that produces assorted vegetables each year.
Linda Rocha, CHR manager with Diabetes Coordinator Robin Hazelwood gathered the program’s crew and began the day using various tools to assemble rectangular wooden structures that will be used as raised bed gardens that will be about 24 inches high by 6 feet.
“We won’t start planting til April. So far we have 5 planter boxes and would like to encourage using more native seeds,” said Mrs. Rocha regarding the raised planter boxes that community members will use.
The use of planter boxes have several advantages. One very obvious one is that meshed chicken wire can be placed underneath the boxes to prevent garden pests such as gophers from entering the raised beds that can stifle the growth of plants.
The community garden is located in Middle Verde about ¾ of mile south of the medical clinic near the fleet-maintenance department. Since the Nation has access to all the water from the Verde River, the garden plot is sure to be successful.