Goshen County Library raising funds for community gardens

November 28, 2018

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Goshen County Library is trying to raise $600 by Dec. 15 to build community garden beds with the hope of fighting food insecurity in the community.

Director Joan Brinkley said the beds would be open for community members to plant and grow vegetables and, at harvest time, to pick produce. The food would be available for anyone at anytime.

“People would be welcome to come and help themselves,” she said.

Brinkley was inspired to start the fundraiser by a TED talk about Todmorden, a town in England that fills nearly every vacant lot and flat space with gardens.

“Their whole town is covered by vegetables,” she said. “Visitors, townies, whoever are welcome to come and help themselves.”

The library is raising funds through SeedMoney, a Maine-based nonprofit that helps crowdfund community gardens. If the library is able to raise at least $600, Brinkley said it will become eligible for an additional $400 grant from the nonprofit. Even without the grant, Brinkley hopes the money will be enough to get the project started.

“I think for $600, we can build some really nice beds, get them all loaded up with soil, and purchase plants and seeds to get us started,” she said. “Any balance left over would pay for water.”

She hopes to build 8x4 raised planters and, with permission from the city, place them on the sidewalks in front of the library and the activity center.

The library has until Dec. 15 to raise the $600 to be eligible for the SeedMoney grant. Donations can be made at donate.seedmoney.org/2697/goshen-county-library-gardening-project or at the library.

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