Submitted by Lee Onslow

The Blue River Community Garden was revitalized in 2018 through volunteer dedication and commitment and the revitalization continued this summer with many volunteers working to create a food-producing oasis in the heart of town.

The Blue River Elementary School children produced many starter plants from their indoor school garden and planted them in their very own school boxes.  They sold some of the plants as a fundraiser and donated all remaining plants to the community garden which were then planted along the outer edges of the garden and offered up to Blue River residents and visitors in need of fresh veggies. The temporary greenhouse was filled and volunteers came out to build and fill more garden boxes.

The Community Garden held its second annual Beer in the Garden Fundraiser on a hot August night.  The fundraiser was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended. The Saddle Mountain Restaurant donated all the finger food to the party and it was delicious!

The community garden had many new members this year. As the saying goes, build it and they will come. The garden is beautiful and enjoyable environment. The volunteers and members of the community had access to fresh food throughout the summer season. If you happen to be in Blue River next summer – come on in and check out the garden!

Organizations that contributed to the garden include the North Thompson Communities Foundation, TNRD Area B Rep Quinn, the Blue River Improvement District, the Blue River Community Association, and the Blue River Powder Packers, West Coast Seeds, LDM, Saddle Mountain Restaurant, and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.

If you are interested in contributing in any way to the Blue River Community Garden, please contact [email protected]