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The Teller Wildlife Refuge (Teller) in Corvallis is seeking proposals from interested groups or individuals to manage and oversee Teller’s Chaffin House Garden.

This .4 acre plot of rich valley top soil at the corner of Chaffin and Quast Lane has been a proven producer of mixed vegetable and flowers in the past and once again Teller is interested in offering this organic site to the right person(s) or group.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to connect t with the community and generate some personal income,” says Teller’s Executive Director Sam Lawry. “I am hopeful we will have many interested parties submit their proposal.

Teller will furnish the site, with available water, as well as a deer-proof fence surrounding the garden. The selected garden manager will need to provide equipment like tools and a rototiller to maintain the garden.

Successful applicants will become a Teller volunteer, subject to Teller Wildlife Refuge Liability Release requirements.

Interested individuals or group can submit a one-page proposal to Karen Zumwalt at Teller Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 548 Corvallis Mt 59828 or e-mail karen@tellerwildlife.org. The proposal should contain the following information:

 Your experience with organic gardening. All gardening will be organic; no herbicides or chemicals allowed.

 A proven track record of gardening and the capability of maintaining the .4 -acre site, including ability to maintain the garden in a weed free condition and plan for post-season reclamation.

 A description of vegetables and/or flowers to be planted with expected harvest dates.

 A plan for a charitable link to the community, such as free fall pumpkins, a percentage of the harvest donated to a local food bank, flowers for veterans, youth horticulture education etc.

The deadline for proposal submissions is March 4. The successful applicant will be required to take part in an in-person interview, as well as sign a contractual agreement with Teller for the 2018 gardening season.

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