A big green-thumbs up to the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, volunteers and grant-funders involved in starting a new community garden network here in Ketchikan.

The garden sites have been taking shape adjacent to Tongass Federal Credit Union, Clover Pass Community Church and Rendezvous Senior Day Services.

It’s been fun seeing the raised-bed garden plots taking shape. We know that wonderful things will be growing soon, and that includes community growth. Interest in gardening has deep roots in Ketchikan, and these community gardens are certain to bring together friends both new and old.

We appreciate the initiative of the volunteers who rekindled this community garden concept; the willingness of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition to organize it; the generosity of the Ketchikan Community Foundation and PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center to provide grant funding, and the Clover Pass, TFCU and Rendezvous for site involvement. By definition, community gardens involve community participation. We’re thrilled by what’s been accomplished already.

As has been seen with the existing community garden at the Ketchikan Public Library, the new community garden network will provide a variety of garden learning and opportunities for community interaction and growth. These are positive things, and will be appreciated greatly.