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are proud to have a community garden in the East Row!
What is a Community Garden? As reported
by the National Association of Community Gardens (NACG): Very
simply, it is any piece of land gardened by a group of people.
More specifically, there are many types of community gardens; those dedicated to
selling produce at a farmers market, some are used as a therapy garden, some are
for school children, to name a few.
a neighborhood community garden that provides an opportunity for neighbors to come together and grow nutritious food while creating a beautiful green space for community members to spend time in. Learn more about
why community gardens are valuable on the Urban Harvest web site.
Since the 1980's, community gardening has blossomed all across
There are already dozens of these magnificent green and growing areas
throughout the city.
The Civic Garden Center's 12-week class on
how to set up and run a Community Garden is a great resource for those
interested in putting one of these in your own communities.
Where is the East Row Community Garden? Our community
garden is located at the end of Nelson Place, across the street from the
newly-formed East Row Swim Club (the old Hannaford Pool House).
How does it work? Our community garden has 27
plots that are assigned on a yearly basis.
Each plot owner is responsible for planting, maintaining and harvesting their own plot
at their enjoyment.
How is it funded? After the initial
start up, yearly budget requirements are estimated at less than $1,000 which
will be covered by the yearly plot fees.
Start up funds included monies to build a fence, create water access,
build raised beds, install wood chips paths, provide soil, and build 3 compost
bins. After building 18 plots the first year and still having a long
waiting list, the garden was expanded to 27 plots at the beginning of the second
We would like to thank the following for their
generous assistance in this
How do I join? Contact
the Community Garden Coordinator to get your name on the
list for the next open plot. Applications are accepted and
will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
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