Medway Park and Community Garden on James Island in South Carolina has a new raingarden and rainwater harvesting system. The system will help people in the Riverland Terrace neighborhood supply fresh vegetables for themselves and a community food bank and keep toxins out of their local waterways, thanks in part to Clemson Master Rain Gardeners.
Diane Wade, a community garden coordinator, joined landscape professionals from 25 South Carolina cities and towns at a field day exercise for Clemson Cooperative Extension’s Master Rain Gardener professional certification training.
Kim Counts Morganello, Clemson Extension water resources agent and Master Rain Gardener coordinator, said the Master Rain Gardener course is a response to growing demand from clients who want to convert the state’s abundant rainfall into landscape features that can water gardens, control erosion and moisture, and provide habitat for wildlife.
Medway has 61 garden beds for lease by members of the community and 12 larger garden beds devoted to growing produce for local food pantries.
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