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Walter Robinson and Linda Burton, former and current Directors of the Highland Senior Service Center respectively have envisioned a garden at the Center for over ten years. Finally that vision is becoming a reality.

The Lake County Community Co-op and the Highlands Senior Service Center are working together to develop an Organic Community Garden on land being provided by the City of Clearlake and with seed money provided by the County of Lake. This project will develop and maintain a community garden that will directly benefit the senior community lunch program facilitated by the HSSC as well as provide opportunity for local residents to garden in a combined plot or rent individual plots.

The Co-op will be developing a demonstration garden on the site to provide education about various organic gardening methods and to provide a place where the community can share it bounty and collective wisdom. The LCCC is also coordinating efforts for the larger community to participate through donations of goods, services, and direct funding for this exciting project.

Below is a list of community donations to date, as well as a wish list of materials needed for this project. If you are interested in coming on board and "playing in the dirt" contact David Goolsbee at [email protected] or 707-272-9230.

These are just a few of the materials etc. we anticipate needing but there may be others that we can work with. We will be attempting to use recycled and/or salvaged materials where possible. If you have excess of something in a quantity that you think we can adapt to our purposes, please don’t hesitate to offer. If you can help with labor or have access to and/or operate equipment (trencher, backhoe, auger, etc.) we certainly would appreciate your assistance. Also if you would prefer to donate toward a particular project or to the overall garden, write your checks to HSSC, P.O. Box 180, Clearlake, California 95422 with a note to specifically set aside your donation for the garden. Donations of money or materials are tax deductible.

Needed Materials

  • Stock tanks (any size)
  • Wine barrels and half barrels
  • Culvert pipe (6” and up to 4 ft. dia. or more) concrete, clay, corrugated galvanized, steel
  • Clay and ceramic pots
  • 55 gal. steel drums (no toxic chemicals please)
  • Corrugated metal roofing
  • Cement, mortar, and concrete mix
  • Hardware cloth (1/2”) 3’ or 4’ rolls
  • Fencing (6’ chain link, or any deer/rabbit fencing)
  • Wood and steel posts
  • ½” & 3/8” rebar
  • ¾” PVC or below grade conduit
  • 2x lumber (3 ft. min. redwood or cedar scraps preferred. No pressure treated)
  • Assorted 4x timbers
  • ¾” & ½” HDPE &/or PVC water pipe and assorted fittings
  • ½” & ¼” irrigation piping and assorted drip emmitters
  • Hose bibs and control valves
  • Heavy duty watering hose and sprayers
  • Irrigation system controller and zone valves
  • 18 gauge irrigation wire cable
  • Crushed granite for wheelchair accessible paths
  • Manure (any type)
  • Shredded tree trimming mulch
  • Grass clippings (no pesticides or herbicides please)
  • Mushroom compost
  • Peat Moss
  • Worm castings
  • Organic soil amendments
  • Top soil
  • Red wiggler worms
  • Fruit & nut trees and berry bushes
  • Assorted vegetable, herb, & flower seeds/starts/bulbs
  • Stone, brick, concrete block, and concrete slab chunks
  • Assorted garden hand tools
  • Garden cart and/or wheel barrows
  • Projects
  • Entry/Tool Shed
  • Irrigation/Water system
  • Raised Beds
  • Fencing/Gates
  • Soil Amendments
  • Fruit & Nut Trees/Berry bushes
  • Perennial Garden Beds
  • Herb Garden
  • Flower Garden
  • Tools
  • Greenhouse
  • Compost Bins
  • Vermiculture
  • Solar Electric System
  • Pathways
  • Fountain/Sculpture
  • Wheelchair accessible garden beds
  • Garden benches
  • Arbors/Trellises

Community Garden Co-Creators
Barber's Country Farm
Easter Seals of Northern California
Four Corners
Russel Kramer
Lovie's Garden Emporium
Rainbow Agriculture
Ed Stromeyer

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