Spring fair will help fund planting plots for food bank

Community garden will raise money to help fund gardening plots



Tim Paulitz, Pullman Community Garden Plot coordinator, shows visitors different types of plants at the Pullman Community Garden Tuesday morning.

ELAYNE RODRIGUEZ, Evergreen reporter

The Pullman Community Gardens will host its annual spring fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Koppel Farms in Pullman.

Barbara Merchant, chair of the mowing committee, said the event will have live music, a solo act and vendors.

“The Pups and Cups will be selling their wonderful coffee and they will have pastries,” she said.

They will also have a plant sale and an open house to help fund gardening plots for the Community Action Center food bank.

Timothy Paulitz, Pullman community garden plot coordinator, said some gardeners who have plots will allow people from the center to pick the crops used for the food bank.

“Churches donate money for us to support the free food bank plots,” he said. “The spring fair is also our big fundraiser like selling plants.”

Paulitz said they give free plots to food bank clients of low income, and also offer free plots to the center.

“We have worked with the food bank for 20 years,” he said. “We give the Community Action Center four free plots and they grow food for the food bank.”

There are about 80 big plots and about 20 small plots available at the garden, Paulitz said. Gardeners pay a plot annual fee of $65 that include gardening tools and water.

Paulitz said they also gave four free plots to a Moscow group called Backyard Harvest to grow food for the food bank.

There will be about 15 community garden and science based-groups at the event, like the Palouse Astronomy Club, Palouse Audubon Society and WSU Entomology Club, Paulitz said.

The entomology group will hold a beehive demonstration at the event, he said.

Paulitz said SYG Nursery and Landscaping will provide fruits or vegetables, and perennial plants for the plant sale.

Merchant said people can walk around the garden to see the different plants and crops, learn about planting strategies and get involved in gardening.

Gardeners generally grow a variety of crops, like peppers, onions and tomatoes in the gardening plots, she said.

Paulitz said all the vegetables and fruits are organic. The garden does not use any type of pesticides.

He said the gardening started late this year because of the flood. The soil in the gardening area dried up, which allowed the gardeners to begin growing crops.

“People raise their groceries at the garden,” Merchant said. “And it is a very sharing community.”