KINGMAN – More tools to support garden maintenance.
DIG it Kingman Community Gardens was the recipient of much-appreciated landscaping tools courtesy of Westlake Pipe & Fittings in Yucca. The donation included two large garden wagons, hand tools, and numerous shovels, rakes, hoes, and pitchforks.
It was the culmination of an early morning of activities for nearly 50 Bullhead City moms and their children Friday.
DIG it is located on Lillie Avenue next to Cecil Davis Park, holds numerous agriculture-related events and presentations, and regularly invites groups of all sorts from all over the county.
Denise Neath, steering committee member for DIG it, has worked with Westlake for five years. The company supports the Annual Dig it Dash as a sponsor and provides other donations. Last year they donated soil.
The garden is mainly supported through financial and in-kind donations.
“The businesses greatly support us,” Neath said.
There are 60 raised-bed gardens at the site that people pay to rent. The fees include water, tools, soil, compost, and seeds.
Any contribution from outside to support the site helps. Neath, the volunteers, and gardeners are thankful for the support of the community.
“We greatly appreciate all the donations,” she said. “Westlake and all the others.”
Jeff Knisely, Westlake Plant Manager brought along a few employees to present the items to the Dig it volunteers.
“We had an opportunity to contribute some hand tools and wagons to the garden and contribute to the community,” he said. “We have a lot of employees that live in the Kingman area.”
Julia Gillespie, the lead administrator for the Bullhead City Moms Group and a homeschool mom for the Bullhead City Homeschool Group, brought about 47 moms and children ages two to 13 were in her Friday group.
Those groups take numerous field trips throughout the county during the year. This was the first time at Dig it Gardens.
“Bullhead City is trying to start a community garden,” she said. “We came up here to see what it’s like.”
Gillespie will be working with Neath and other volunteers to learn what crops will grow best and what will survive.
The mothers and children showed up at 10 a.m.
The kids got a chance to win prizes while Andrea Penn, volunteer and organizer of children’s events at the garden, read a short children’s book on plants and quizzed them to test their knowledge and attention spans.
The kids ran around astounded at the amount of green vegetation, sprouting vegetables, and lessons they learned about gardening for an hour and a half. A few found more entertainment in chasing Willa, the garden cat.
There are open houses once a month for the public. The next is Friday, Sept. 23.
Many donations have gone toward the public garden since its start in 2015.
These contributions will help not only volunteers keep their plants and the garden itself in top shape, but also teach numerous groups of students from various organizations to plan and plant for the future.
“We hope they’re able to put them to good use,” Knisely said. “We think it’s a great thing that they’re doing here and are excited to support it.”
Visit www.digitkingmancommunitygardens.org to for information.