FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City Nearing Completion of Construction on the Sargent Street Community Garden – Garden Group to Begin Accepting Plot Applications
Press Contact Information:
Steven Wall, Public Works Director
Ridgefield, WA, March 9, 2011 – The City of Ridgefield is nearing completion of construction of
the Sargent Street Community Garden, which is being funded through a combination of a
Community Development Block Grant the City received in 2010 and City funds. The garden,
which is located immediately east of the intersection of S. 5th Avenue and Sargent Street in
downtown Ridgefield, will consist of 21 garden plots ranging in size from 4-feet by 10-feet to 10-
ft by 10-feet that will be available to Ridgefield citizens for the 2011 growing season.
Community volunteers are scheduled to assist in the construction of the garden’s paths, raised beds and a garden shed to serve the site. Individuals interested in assisting in the construction of the garden may contact Kendra Pearce of the Urban Farm School at (360) 852-3728. A work party is scheduled at the site beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26th.
The Sargent Street Garden Group, which is comprised entirely of volunteers, will take over the operation of the garden once construction is complete, including awarding of plots to successful applicants. Individuals interested in participating in the Garden Group’s management of the garden, or those interested in applying for plots, may contact David Taylor of the Sargent Street Garden Group at (360) 887-2200. In addition, individuals interested in leasing a garden plot, which are anticipated to range from $20 to $40 per plot for the season, are encouraged to attend a meeting that will be held at the garden from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16th.
Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant program, which is administered by Clark County and funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD, which annually allocates funding in a single or "block" grant to eligible cities and counties with the objective of improving communities.