Slow Food Lake Tahoe is opening Truckee’s first-ever Community Garden this summer. The mission of the Truckee Community Garden is to enable local residents to grow their own food in an effort to increase food security, self-reliance and community spirit through gardening. This Community Garden will be located at the Truckee River Regional Park, adjacent to SFLT’s current Food Bank Garden. It is 2,420 square feet of garden area, equipped with 35 critter-proof covered garden beds, including 10 beds that are elevated and wheelchair accessible. These beds are available for rent for a nominal fee to residents who live in the community full-time. The space is scheduled to open mid June, pending completion of construction and potential weather.
Community Garden Features
Seasonal garden plots will be offered on a nominal sliding scale fee each growing season. This fee will fund the maintenance and upkeep of the garden. The garden will include:
2,420 square feet of graded garden area with 152 ft of fenced-in perimeter including two 4-foot gates
35 critter-proof covered beds of various sizes. This includes 10 elevated/wheelchair-accessible beds for easier mobility.
Soil for each bed
Community hose bibs
A community tool shed with community tools
A central sitting area with benches
Decomposed granite pathway and wheelchair accessible area
Free Gardening Education
Composting at the adjacent Food Bank Garden
Funding this project was made possible by generous community donors, including Michael Montalbano from Tahoe Mountain Realty, The Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, The Rotary Club of Truckee, Rock & Rose Landscape Design and Irrigation, The Soroptomist International of Truckee Donner, Totally Board, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, The Backcountry, and several other individual contributors.
Slow Food is graciously accepting volunteer help for the remaining work in the Community Garden, as well as in their Food Bank Garden for the summer season. Get Involved
About Slow Food Lake Tahoe
Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s mission is to connect our community to the enjoyment of good, clean and fair food by inspiring a self-reliant food culture. Slow Food Lake Tahoe educates the community about growing, preparing and accessing local and sustainable food. SFLT manages the Food Bank Garden in the Truckee River Regional Park, aimed at creating a vibrant community space that provides education about growing food at high altitudes and increases food security through growing and donating weekly harvests to Sierra Community House. SFLT hosts annual virtual Grow Your Own workshops in partnership with the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and The Tahoe Heritage Foundation. SFLT also sponsors the Truckee Saturday Farmer’s Market, located at the historic downtown Railyard Parking Lot from June 5 through Sept. 4. For additional information about Slow Food Lake Tahoe, their various projects and upcoming events, visit: http://www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org
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Sun, Submitted to the Sierra. “Truckee Community Garden Scheduled to Open in June.” SierraSun.com, SierraSun.com, 3 June 2021, www.sierrasun.com/news/truckee-community-garden-scheduled-to-open-in-june/.
“Truckee Community Garden: Slow Food Lake Tahoe: Truckee, CA.” Slow Food Lake Tahoe, www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org/truckee-community-garden.