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By Garold Johnson
The Colton Community Garden is situated on the research side campus of the Museum of Northern Arizona with a fantastic view of the San Francisco Peaks. It is over 100 years old. The museum founders Harold and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton fostered this garden's development. What makes the garden unique is that it is an outside demonstration site for growing in a high elevation, arid environment.
I started volunteering with watering the plants in the Colton Community Garden in Fall 2019 and will continue to do so. I'm am happy that I am doing more in the garden this spring. Currently, I am involved with the Permaculture Demo Site. Various tasks include pruning, laying compost, eating excess greens, watering, planting plants and trees, developing a prairie dog-proof tile fence, and anything else.
In the fall, our class made did the earthworks to prepare the space for spring planting. This involved giving shape to a new garden with rockwork and beginning the process of building soil. We laid wood chips for walking on, put in a cool chair where people can sit and relax and added a beautiful arch to the entrance.