Newport Demonstration Garden at Oregon Coast Community College
Newport Demonstration Garden at OCCC is located in a large, open space with more than eight hours of sun, good drainage, access to water, and on level terrain. Garden designers, apprentices in 2009, chose to incorporate a fairly simple design with ideas culled from class into the new demo garden site. Structures built and installed include seven raised beds, a cloche, a handicapped accessible bed, a rock garden, and three trellised beds. ADA accessible paths were installed to accommodate wheelchairs. Also included were flower barrels to attract pollinators, garden signage, a three bin- compost area, a greenhouse/tool shed for propagation with a rain-barrel water cachement system. The greenhouse/shed, originally from the fairgrounds demo garden, was re-located to the garden during this period. A roof-top solar system was added a year later. More than ten yards of soil was generously donated and added to the existing soil. All garden construction was completed during 2009 by a cadre of master gardeners enthusiastically working to finish and showcase the garden. In 2010, the garden received its first class of apprentices, who were eager to use knowledge gained from class. Each year apprentices ply their creative and gardening skills anew to make a garden as diverse and individual as each gardener. The garden is never the same, but is a reflection of their personality. The demonstration garden is a good fit for the college as an additional/outdoor classroom to teach students and community members how to grow food and help with their food budgets. Extra food is distributed to those with food insecurity through the Food Share pantry.