After a brief introduction from Janet Marsh, president of the board of directors for Jackson’s Garden Inc., students set out to take on various gardening related tasks and contribute to the dinner. While some pulled carrots and dug potatoes, others helped set the table, churned ice cream and made bouquets from wheat and grasses.
“The mission of Jackson’s Garden is to sustainably support gardening for production, education and enjoyment of the community,” Marsh said, adding, “the only way that we’re going to be successful in that is by having a lot of people involved in this project.”
Many of the kids gleefully scampered about the eight-acre property, enjoying the last couple hours of a brilliant autumn sunset among friends and family in the beautiful community garden. Other young students were mesmerized by one particular aspect or another, curiously staring into a bed of flowers or watching a bumblebee bounce between blossoms.
The students enjoyed the experiencing the concept of harvesting their food, but were likely too young to appreciate the countless hours of work put in by a staff of 10 to 15 volunteers throughout the growing season.
“We have a wonderful crew of people who work at the garden,” Marsh said.
As the shadows grew long the community gathered at the length of nearly a dozen tables provided by the Turner Foundation, saying grace and passing trays of food: fresh vegetables from the garden, bread from Great Harvest and meat from Yellowstone Grass Fed Beef.
“That’s all what its about. Just to get the kids into the garden and have them experience harvesting and eating the local food,” Marsh said. “It’s a responsibility for us to make this garden sustainable as an asset to the community.”
The garden will host a cider pressing party on Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to bring their own apples.