The historic Hauberg Estate Terraced Gardens (originally designed by landscape architect, Jens Jensen in 1909) will be receiving some much-needed attention this Thursday, 9/21/17
Friends of Hauberg Civic Center has partnered with Spouting Minds, a local 501c3 dedicated to educating youth about where their food comes from, to repurpose the 3+ acre area as a terraced learning garden. Under the direction of founder, Chad Summers, adult volunteers will clear away brush and prepare the soil for future growing seasons in which the children will plant and care for the garden and harvest the fruits and vegetables, which will be donated to local food pantries and shelters. "We couldn't be more pleased to work with a group like Sprouting Minds to begin our restoration of the terraced gardens, while also honoring the Hauberg family's legacy of investing in children's education", said Friends' president, Deb Kuntzi.
The original landscape design included space for growing fruits and vegetables, as well as an orchard and grape arbor. Other volunteers will be working on excavating the original terraced garden steps and sidewalks (which are partially buried under decades of dirt and debri), while nearby additional volunteers with United Way Day of Caring will be cleaning out the carriage house. All in all, about 50-75 volunteers are expected to donate their time to different aspects of the estate's overall restoration.