Fire station doubles as salad bar in Forest Grove
A year or so ago, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer learned that students at the Forest Grove Community School were building and planting garden boxes around town (with permission) in places accessible to the public, including curbside lawn strips.
The schools take a bite program grows vegetables in places where hungry people or any people can pluck and eat them. Nemeyer asked the students to build a garden box for the fire station at the corner of 19th Avenue and Ash Street.
The students built two. They came in at the start of this school year and filled them with soil for us and planted the kale and beans, Nemeyer said.
We are going to be putting things like tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc. in them in the coming weeks once garden season becomes more timely.
Nemeyer knows the garden boxes wont provide regular meals for a whole family, but our hope is that folks who need a little help with food will take what they need.
Frankly, he said, hed be happy to see anyone pluck something from the boxes maybe someone on the way home from work grabbing a kale leaf or two just to make a healthy salad for that night.
Or maybe the boxes will inspire families to grow their own healthy food, he said.
We havent seen a ton of use from them, but its a new thing and kale isnt something everyone likes, I suppose, Nemeyer said.
His one request of harvesters: Take only what you need and watch out for the younger plants.
Other garden boxes sit near the Bank of the West parking lot and at the community schools Back Yard Garden on Main Street just south of 19th Avenue.