LUSK - Following their public comments at the March 5 Town Council meeting, Lusk residents and community garden advocates and volunteers, Ron Bukowski and Terry Bukowskias met with Mayor Douglas Lytle and Public Works Supervisor Todd Skrukrud at the Town Hall Friday, March 29 to work out the details of the community garden for the 2019 growing season. The goal was to maintain the current garden plots at the previous seasons’ rent of $20 per plot per season. Considering the Town’s concerns regarding inappropriate management of the water resources, which had resulted in significant expense to the town in the past, the Bukowskis agreed that in return for not raising the rent, both would take on the responsibility of garden superintendent and oversee maintenance and proper and responsible water shutoff protocols.
In addition to overseeing the community garden rule enforcement, Ron Bukowski is sponsoring three garden beds to benefit the Senior Center, Wyoming Child & Family Development, and the New LIfe Christ Baptist Church.
The Bukowski’s goal for the garden is to more actively engage an increased number of participants for the 2019 growing season and then gather information, ideas, and data covering this growing season in preparation to apply for a grant through the Wyoming Department of Agriculture - Specialty Crop Grant Program, to revitalize the community garden.
With the assistance of the University of Wyoming Extension Office, the Local Foods Expo on April 24th 5-8 pm will accept donations of extra seeds or starts...for planting the sponsored beds. All the extra seeds not utilized will be used in starting a community Seed Bank at the library.
The Bukowskis would like to thank those community stakeholders that took their valuable time to listen,give feedback, insight, and information. Niobrara Conservation District, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Lusk Herald, USDA local office, Public Library, Senior Center, New Life in Christ Baptist Church, Wyoming Child & Family Development, and the University of Wyoming Extension Office, and the Town of Lusk officials. Questions regarding the Lusk Community Garden can be directed to either the Town Office, where plots and rules of rental can be obtained or to Terry Bukowski at [email protected]