Growing the Community Garden

| Elizabeth Dankert

The DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School has partnered with Agave Farms to provide a communal garden experience for residents. The Community Garden, located at Copper Ridge School, will be managed by Agave Farms and offer opportunities for residents to work together as “garden hands.”

“Our goal is to immerse residents in a true hands-on garden experience,” said Dan Nowell, affectionately known as ‘Farmer Dan.’

Rather than maintaining individual garden plots, residents will work together and share the harvest. Residents will become a garden hand and volunteer for a minimum of two hours a month per household. Any excess produce will be donated to local food banks. Not only will Nowell show residents how to grow, nurture, and harvest a garden, he will also bring in local experts for lectures on everything from bee keeping to seed science.

“We’re a steward to the seed and a steward to the soil and therefore we are sustainable,” said Nowell.

Residents can sign up to be part of a four-month gardening experience. Once residents sign up, they can schedule hours with Farmer Dan. The cost to participate is $60 per season (Jan. – April in spring and Sept. – Dec. in fall).

The Community Garden is located on the northwest side of Copper Ridge School, adjacent to the ball fields.
The hours are:
• Thursdays from 3:30 – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, please contact Anjelica Giardino at 480.538.3585.