LOCATION: Two garden sites totaling 2500 square feet are located on the grounds of the City of Bowie Kenhill Center at 2614 Kenhill Drive in Bowie, MD adjacent to the Bowie Food Pantry.
MISSION: Provide clients of the Bowie Food Pantry with fresh produce to supplement canned and dry goods. Harvests are performed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings before the pantry opens to clients at 9:00 AM.
HISTORY: The garden was established in 2014 and has provided $7,100, $6,100 and $8,700 worth of produce to the Food Pantry in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively.
CONTRIBUTORS: Each year, from 11-17 local gardeners have volunteered their time to the Food Pantry to perform production, maintenance, and harvesting operations. The City of Bowie provides the site and access to City water. The Bowie Crofton Garden Club provides financial donations that partially cover expenses for seeds and materials. Boy Scout Troop 403 has aided in preparing and fencing the garden sites in selected years.
PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Operations resemble more those of a small farm than of a garden. We follow strict crop rotations, adhere to commercial recommendations for sustainable crop production, maximize production by double cropping and intercropping, emphasize organic amendments and cover crops for soil improvement, do not use pesticides, and maintain pollinator plants where practical. Beds are rotated for production of cool-season spring and fall crops such as lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, onions, beets, and carrots. Larger areas are rotated for production of summer row crops such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra, and sweet potatoes.
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