Welcome Southwest Center for Independence(SWCI), one of our new community partners with a plot at the community garden this year. SWCIL is a local non-profit who "supports independent living by and for people with disabilities, and facilitates change within the community for the inclusion of all people."
We are excited to have SWCIL at the community garden and we have been taking a look at how we can make the community garden accessible to our whole community.
We are taking steps like putting in a wheelchair accessible port-a-john,
installing raised beds in a double plot...
...including this table bed that will allow a gardener in a wheelchair to garden facing forwards instead of from the side as with a traditional raised box bed. We got the inspiration and plans from another gardener in a wheelchair who has posted online helpful ways he has been able to continue doing the things he loves!
Thanks to OKCG member Jeff Ager who built these beautiful beds! And thanks to ProBuild for donating materials to help us make this project possible.
Our next project is working on a pathway surface that will be more stable than the woodchips and that a motorized wheelchair will be able to maneuver on. If you have ideas we would love to hear from you!
Several community garden members installed the beds at our June workday. Other projects included weeding our insectary, mulching pathways and the permaculture food forest guild, and beautification of the berm outside the fence.
We are working towards making the community garden welcoming and accessible to our entire community and we can't do it without your help. We hope you will come check out our lovely space and contribute your input, inspiration, and skills.