What used to be a dusty vacant lot behind Belnap Fountain is now a community garden filled with raised beds filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

What used to be a dusty vacant lot behind Belnap Fountain is now a community garden filled with raised beds filled with fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

Dunsmuir residents from all walks of life have worked together to get the project established, said garden coordinator Rami White.

The garden is running on a work trade basis, White said, and those who pitch in will get a share of the bounty. Leftovers, if there are any, will be donated to the food bank at the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center.

The 15 active garden members are looking for more, said White. Anyone interested in joining the effort is welcome to attend the group meetings on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We welcome all ages. We love having kids here, as long as they have a parent with them,” White said. Last Saturday, children helped make stepping stones to decorate the garden.

Members are free to come and volunteer in the garden, located on the corner of Cedar Street and Dunsmuir Avenue, whenever they choose, said White, though most activity takes place in the cool mornings and evenings. Right now the major chore is watering, but there is also weeding and clearing work to be done.

“People have been so supportive,” she said. “Everything we’ve needed so far has just shown up. We even have expert botanists and gardeners stop by to give us their advice.”

Work began in March, and seedlings were planted in beds on the summer solstice, June 21.

If you would like to contribute to the success of the garden, there is a wish list, said White, which includes trellis netting, tomato cages, dry bags of concrete, organic soil, flower plants (especially lavender and other culinary herbs), and children’s gardening supplies, such as watering cans, shovels, wheelbarrows or wagons.

Businesses that would like to sponsor a garden box may do so through the Dunsmuir Chamber’s Adopt-a-Box program for $100 a year. There are also options to break the cost into a combination of money and garden service work.

“We’ve had seven boxes adopted so far! We have a total of 14 boxes, but are planning on building more as the season goes on,” said White.

To learn more about the garden, you can contact White by calling 530-354-1219 or by email at ramiwhite@yahoo.com. You can also visit www.dunsmuircommunitygarden.com