Located on the edge of the Bastogne Gables neighborhood, central to installation shopping and services, the Fort Bragg Victory Garden has twenty, 8 by 16 foot, raised garden beds, which are pesticide-free.
The Fort Bragg Victory Garden was established in 2014 to provide Fort Bragg residents with a place to grow healthy food, to provide educational opportunities about natural/organic gardening and build and strengthen relationships across the installation and ranks, said Jennifer Whitmire, resident manager, Corvias Military Living.
The garden is a collaborative project between the XVIII Airborne Corps, garrison leadership, and senior spouses.
Walking in the garden, you’ll notice varied gardening techniques, such as trellising, staking, mounding and burying branches or pots to retain water.
Plants vary from vegetables like okra and cucumbers, to cut flowers such as zinnia. Watering hoses and some gardening tools are provided, and, as a bonus, you’ll find a community of active gardeners to learn with and from. Plots and seeds/plant cuttings are often shared among gardeners.
“It’s been a pleasure seeing how the plots develop throughout the year as our families work in them,” said Whitmore. “Our plot holders have ranged from award-winning gardeners, to those who are just venturing into the gardening world. It’s wonderful to see everyone share their knowledge and work together to maintain the Victory Garden.”
Garden president, Anna Yarnall, a Fort Bragg military spouse, who is in her fourth year of gardening with the Victory Garden, agrees.
For her, working in the garden is an opportunity to learn about plants and gardening techniques, enjoy some outdoor time and meet new people. “It's a great pastime to share with Family,” said Yarnall.
Yarnall encourages interested on-post residents to submit their names for the garden plot lottery. There are garden plots available for the 2018 growing season and plots are free to Fort Bragg residents on a first come, first served basis.
Plot holders must apply through Corvias by March 16.
Joining the Victory Garden is free, but eight volunteer hours are required per gardening season. Volunteer hours can be contributed in a variety of ways. Community gardeners take turns volunteering to water each other’s gardens during vacations, help each other to clear or plant plots, submit content to a garden newsletter or perform general maintenance such as trash duty and watering the community blueberry bushes.
This year’s Fort Bragg Victory Garden plot lottery will be open to applications from today to March 16th. Applications will be available at any Corvias community office and on the Corvias website at http://bragg.corviasmilitaryliving.com/residents/community-garden.
In the event available plots are not completely filled by March 16th, the deadline will be extended.