Trashcan Art: Landfill-bound discards repurposed in Auburn garden

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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The Auburn Interfaith Food Closet is gaining fresh produce from a garden tended by volunteers in North Auburn. The plot, located on city-of-Auburn-owned land across from project sponsor Recology’s transfer station, is decorated by artist Jennifer Johnson with found objects repurposed from the facility. Tire rims from bikes have been welded together to create a jungle-gym-like dome. A motorcycle helmet has become a planter. And wood for raised beds are repurposed discards. Volunteers — like a recent work party from the Auburn Sunset Rotary club — help keep the food coming during the growing season from the Recology Community Garden.


1. Nancy Koschyk, of Auburn Sunset Rotary, volunteers for weeding work in the early morning light at the Recology Community Garden.

2. Volunteering at North Auburn’s community garden, Rotarian Rick Rice is framed by repurposed bicycle rims that have been welded together to create a dome.

3. Jennifer Johnson pushes a wheelbarrow during an Auburn Sunset Rotary work party at North Auburn’s Recology Community Garden.