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Gardening for all!

Winter, during our biggest snow storm, is not the typical time to be thinking about a garden. But that is just what we are doing!

Disability Action Center NW (DAC) is proud to be partnering with Koppel Farm – Pullman Community Garden to bring the first fully accessible garden plot to the area. We have worked on similar fully accessible plots elsewhere in Idaho. Boise has a wonderful garden, and Community Garden of the Master in Coeur d’Alene has the perfect set up.

Not all “accessible” gardens are the same. To be truly accessible, you need van accessible parking, paved pathway to the plot, and specially designed raised beds with level paved or packed surface to get around on. A food high raised bed is not truly accessible. Good gardening beds provide space to toll under with an arms reach access throughout. You have to plan for turning radius and room for the width and height of a motorized wheelchair as well. And in our hot, dry summers, it can’t be too shallow or everything will dry out too quickly.

Add to that the resources for ergonomic gardening tools and accessible hoses and storage, and you have the perfect solution for accessible community gardening.

Currently, the community gardening program provided by the City of Pullman is not accessible. And since it’s on a hill, it would be prohibitive to even try to make it so.

But the location of Koppel Farm – Pullman Community Garden is level, has a restroom nearby, and would be a perfect solution. By partnering with Koppel Farm and the City of Pullman, finding funding, we hope to bring gardening to everyone!

Gardening is a healthy form of exercise, is proven to help with your overall mental health, and can provide you and your family with healthy, fresh vegetables and fruit throughout the season. Maybe not during a snowstorm, but certainly for the better part of the year. You can show your support by filling out this simple survey. 

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