Community Organic Gardens of Sequim (COGS)
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About Community Organic Gardens of Sequim - Our History and Supporters
The idea for a community garden in Sequim came to a small group in 2006.
Our first garden, the Fir Street Garden, found a home with St. Luke's Episcopal Church. It opened in 2007 with support from multiple community entities.
Help came via grants from First Federal Bank, Sound Community Bank, and Sequim Community Foundation. In addition, individuals, businesses, and the Sequim Sunrise Rotary donated labor and physical property from hoses to fencing. Without this community support, the garden could never have materialized.
Initially, a local group dedicated to the preservation of farmland, Friends of the Fields, acted as the umbrella providing the Fir Street Garden with non-profit status. Later, Friends of the Fields was integrated with North Olympic Land Trust.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has also been an immense support in terms of space for classes, meetings, and our COGS annual potluck.
The two gardens are administered separately but we share in plotholder recruitment, organic classes, and creating a united approach to community gardens for Sequim. Representatives of the original Fir Street Garden and the June Robinson Garden form the COGS Organizing Committee.
Within two years, we had a waiting list for plots.
Because demand exceeded supply, we approached the City of Sequim to determine whether they might open a new community organic garden. COGS and the City of Sequim created a joint venture with the new garden opening in 2010. The city’s June Robinson Memorial Park Garden is located on East Spruce St. and Sunnyside Ave. in downtown Sequim.
COGS SUPPORTERS’ WEBSITES
(Many individuals have also provided their help to the garden.)
Special Thanks to our photographers:
Pam Larsen, Pam Leonard-Ray, and Sonja Younger
Produce for the
Concept Drawing of the
Fir Street COGS
COGS Logo Designed by Magdalena Bassett