The Curry Coastal Pilot

Little Bear Patch, the garden at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, has been awarded $2,500 from the West Family Foundation for development of a new greenhouse.

The foundation was formed in 2006 by Steven and Carolyn West to give back to community and provide opportunities for children and families in Southern Oregon. Alisa Green of Brookings Harbor Education Foundation wrote the grant application.

Little Bear Patch started growing in 2008 with the help of Oregon State University (OSU) Master Gardener Program volunteers who assist hundreds of children each year in learning about gardening, how to tell when a plant is sick, and to learn the process of growing a garden.

Learning about basic gardening techniques, water conservation and especially encouraging healthy eating is the primary purpose of the garden.

Produce grown in the garden is enjoyed by the children, taken home for use there, donated to the Community Kitchens and the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers food bank.

Donations to help this ongoing project may be made to Curry County Master Gardeners, P.O. Box 488, Gold Beach, OR 97444.

Curry County Master Gardeners' sixth annual Coastal Garden and Art Tour is scheduled for Aug. 11 and will feature the second annual barbecue at Kalmiopsis, as well as a provide a plant clinic where plant problems may be addressed and samples identified. As always, the tour touts many local artists demonstrating their works. Funds raised at the tour are used to continue projects such as the school's garden.

For more information about the OSU Master Gardener Program, call the OSU Extension office at 541-247-6672 or 800-356-3986.