The gardening group helped build the Gitanmaax Community Garden this year.

The gardening group helped build the Gitanmaax Community Garden this year.

Backyard gardeners wrapping up season

A gardening group created by the Storyteller’s Foundation has been meeting every week for the past two months.

A gardening group created by the Storyteller’s Foundation has been meeting every week for the past two months and now will take a break for the summer.

One of the organizers, Sarah Panofsky, said they’ve been busy.

“What we’ve been doing this year, which is super exciting, we’ve been helping people get gardens going. We’ve worked with four different members of our group to help create a garden.”

“It has been so gratifying. In the past we haven’t actively created gardens, we’ve done more tours. We just fell into it this year of helping to create gardens. After a few hours, with a group of 10 people, you can build and plant a garden. It is such a beautiful thing.”

She said the end goal is ultimately to increase the number of people growing their own food.

“At Storyteller’s Foundation we are interested in food security and growing our local economy and increasing our independence. We are doing this by getting people together to talk about gardening, to get our hands in the dirt and share our knowledge about growing food. It has been so beautiful.”

Panofsky hopes the group keeps in touch and supports each other throughout the summer.

All skill levels are welcome to join the group next year or anyone can stop by the demonstration garden in the back of Storyteller’s in Old Town in the meantime.