The Huntington Beach Community Garden at the end of Atlanta Avenue opened last Saturday with a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. After two years of planning and meetings, the garden is now a reality.
The week before the grand opening, the garden site was a flurry of activity. A crew from the Orange County Conservation Corps painted the old metal container that serves as our tool shed and finished building the wooden borders that line each plot.
One of the last tasks was construction of two large compost bins. The materials for the bins were purchased with a small grant from Rainbow Disposal.
Corps crew supervisor Simeon Jasso seemed to be everywhere last week, showing one group and then another how to nail boards together and saw lumber. The women on the corps' construction crew built the first three-bin compost system. The men built the second one. It did my heart good to see the young women using a cordless electric drill and hammering the staples in place to attach the hardware cloth to the frame.