Why are vegetables part of the Habitat For All Garden?
According to the National Gardening Association, 35% of U.S. households, or 42 million households total, grew vegetables, fruits, and other foods in 2021.
Growing your own food:
Is surprisingly satisfying
There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you say, "I grew this salad".
You learn life skills, gain confidence, become a bit self-sufficient.
You can share harvests, swap seeds, help other gardeners, donate excess to others.
Puts you in control
You decide what materials are used in the garden and when vegetables and fruits are picked.
Develops an awareness of the natural world
Growing vegetables requires close observation of insects, soil conditions, seasonal changes, and how they
are all interconnected.
Welcome to the HFA Vegetable Garden
Savoring the crisp snap of a pea or the juice of a ripe tomato is one of life's most delicious experiences. The vegetable garden at Valentine Farm aspires to become the go-to place for new and experienced gardeners. There, you will discover new ways to grow vegetables, learn about different varieties of fruits and vegetables and see for yourself how much can be grown in a limited space. Demonstrations, workshops, and lots of garden talk will occur regularly. Want to garden, but don't have a space to call your own? Join us! We are looking for people of all skill levels who want to be part of this exciting experiment.
How big is the Habitat For All
In 2023 there were:
6 - 8' x 4' raised beds = 192 ft sq
1 - 10' x 4' raised bed = 40 ft sq.
Total vegetable growing space: 232 ft2
The raised beds are filled with Benson's Farm 50/50 compost/soil mix. This mix is available at landscape and garden centers. Similar mixes are available throughout the country.
Three highbush blueberries - One each of Patriot, Nelson, Blue Ray. This mix will give us blueberries in early July through most of August.
Blueberry growing space:
Growing area: 60 ft2
COMBINED GROWING AREA: Approximately 300ft2
This garden is a good size for the intermediate gardener with limited free time. It will yield adequate fresh produce for one to four people throughout spring, summer, and fall. An hour or two of work a week will be sufficient.