One of our outstanding volunteers has started a garden on the property to grow delicious veggies for our apes! Nancy Sell, a resident of Wauchula, has worked hard every week planting, watering, fertilizing with compost made on-site, tilling, and harvesting in our great ape garden. As of right now, we are growing broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, bok choy, sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, yellow & green bush beans, and carrots. We also have three hills of watermelons, one hill of cantaloupes, 3 hills of cucumbers, and pumpkins. We can’t wait for the right weather so we can grow sweet potatoes. Clyde the chimpanzee will be thrilled- he loves sweet potatoes!
Our volunteer, Nancy Sell
Radcliffe is enjoying the first batch of lettuce
John and Nancy Salesky are experienced gardeners (and long-time CGA volunteers) who have also been working very hard each week in the garden. We are so grateful for the help from our volunteers; we wouldn’t be able to do this without them. We are thrilled to be able to provide fresh vegetables and produce for our apes, as well as saving some much-needed funds to be applied elsewhere for the care of our chimpanzees and orangutans. Granted, the garden isn’t large enough (yet) for us to be completely self-sustainable with our vegetables and produce, but we have enough land to expand. Right now, the ape garden is not quite an acre- 80 ft. x 320 ft. With enough supplies and manpower, we hope to be able to expand our garden and work toward becoming self-sufficient providers of produce for our apes. If you would like to donate or purchase items for our Great Ape Garden, see our Great Ape Garden Wishlist below!
Dynamic Duo Volunteers, Nancy and John Salesky
Check out the broccoli!
John is hard at work in the garden
Great Ape Garden Wishlist
Large compost bins
15 and 20 gallon Smart Pots
tomato plants and other veggie plants
drip irrigation system (so we can get enough water to expand our garden)
large amounts of compost and fertilizer to expand the garden
a little green house to start seeds and seedlings in cooler weather
hand-held seed planter
hand tools such as trowels, hand cultivators, etc.