PUBLISHED: 9:23 AM on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Community garden celebrates summer
The Juneau Community Garden is celebrating the summer with its 14th annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Aug. 19. All events are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to submit entries for exhibition and compete for ribbons and prizes. Along with the exhibits there will be a farmer's market with locally-grown produce for sale, a hot food concession with hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and corn on the cob, special activities for children and tours of the community garden.

The fair will be held at the community garden, which is located on Montana Creek Road on the left just past the Juneau Gun Club.

Exhibit entries must be submitted between 9-10:30 a.m. There are divisions for vegetables, fruits and berries, flowers, herbs, harvest basket displays, prepared foods and preserves.

There also is a division for garden photographs and there will be ribbons for the best garden plots. Except for garden plots, all categories are open to the public. There is a youth competition in each division. A complete schedule, as well as information about rules and judging and specifics about categories and classes of entries and guidelines for entering are all in the fair brochure.

The brochure is available the week before the fair at the Cooperative Extension Office in Vintage Park, near the Mendenhall Post Office. For information, call 465-8749. Entry forms and brochures will be available at the garden starting at 9 a.m. the day of the fair.

Exhibit entries must be submitted by 10:30 a.m. and the judging will be completed by 12:30 p.m., at which time the exhibits will be open for public viewing. The Farmer's Market, food sales, and other activities start at 11 a.m. There will be an award ceremony and drawing for door prizes at 1 p.m. and the fair closes at 3 p.m.

The Juneau Community Garden is a non-profit organization that encourages gardening by providing a place for gardeners and would-be gardeners who don't have a yard or need additional space.

The plots are 10 feet by 20 feet and cost $30 a year. Soil amendments and many tools are available for use at the garden, and advice and enthusiasm are free and readily available. If fair visitors feel inspired, they can sign up for a plot during the fair. A few plots are currently available, and others can get on a waiting list for next season.Rebecca Monagle, a JCG member for two years, said she enjoys her plot at the community garden because she can grow the fresh vegetables and herbs she loves to eat.

"It is exciting to grow unique veggies like purple carrots and fennel," she said. "As a new gardener, the learning process has been informative, challenging, and fun."