Well, the most unique year of my and likely your life is about to transition to the
next. During this year of financial stress for many due to our global health crisis, the SBG has fortunately been able to remain stable in these tumultuous times. In many areas at the garden we have actually "grown" (pun intended!)...
I am compelled to share with you an area of my life where I have really grown and how it relates to the Garden.
Moving here 23 years ago, I never imagined that I would in my heart "take claim to the ENTIRE Wood River Valley" as my/our community. In this stressful year of isolation and general uncomfortable feelings of the unknown, I shared a need to our community. I simply shared in conversation what is going on at the garden and what we need.
Here we go..... I shared with my wife that the Garden needs a donated truck and a snow plow to be able to do our own site maintenance and take runs to
the dump to save on maintenance and waste removal costs. Well, she remembered and got me in touch with one of our friends who donated the Garden a Dodge truck. I then proceeded to give the truck a full tune-up, fixed cosmetic issues etc., I couldn't
stop myself! The truck needed tires and an alignment. So, I went to Les Schwab
and asked Chad
for what ever they could donate. New or nearly new snow tires were installed and they are going to give the truck an alignment; all done in their usual "fast, come-a-runnin' professional service." The steering system needed some mechanical attention, low and behold the Garden had a gentleman contributing time to help with maintenance, he is a mechanic and his shop where he works is going to
make necessary adjustments and wire up our new utility trailer's electrical system.
But, we still need a plow. After sharing these first and second chapters of the story with the past Board Chair, keeping her in the know, she said she would donate the funds to cover acquiring a used plow. Off I go to Idaho City to pick up a refurbished plow and getting it installed soon just in time for this winter.
I share all of this with you, as I write with a tear in my eye due to my gratitude for
our community. I am so excited about a truck, truck maintenance, needs of a garden, acquiring of a snowplow so that we can do work ourselves, to saving money for the garden, and outreach to our community, really???