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Community Gardening Project: A New Beacon Trend?

I had to walk down to the East end of Main Street today and see what exactly was going on over there. I had heard that the lot between the building in front of the dummy light and the apartment building on the corner of Main & Verplanck was being transformed into a community garden.

The garden is a collaborative project between 6 residents of the apartment building next to the lot. They wanted to create a sustainable model that other neighborhoods in the community could duplicate, as well as enjoy the satisfaction that comes with growing your own food. The owner of the lot, who didn't have immediate plans for developing the space, was apparently very supportive of allowing the residents to clean up the area and create a garden.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Justin, significant other of Nicole Mora of Seed to Fruit, and participant in the pilot project. He was just shoveling the soil (compliments of the transfer station) into the raised beds when I strolled by.

He said each member pitched in $150 for materials to get the garden going (fence, chickenwire, lumber, etc) and for their share of the bounty. They'll all pitch in with tending and watering.

This is a really exciting model that I hope will catch on. For all of you who actually live there and are working on this project, please chime in! I'd love to hear more about how you organized it, and the logistics of how it will be managed.

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Comment by Hollis Bogdanffy-Kriegh on June 6, 2009 at 9:52am
Yes, three cheers for Nicole and Justin. The garden is beautiful and so are Nicole's flowers. I urge everyone to bring a little beauty into their lives with fresh flowers and fresh food. I am gardening on my property on the west end and I will heartily support another community garden in town. My husband and I are totally into sustainable living and think it is a perfect model for Beacon.
Comment by Steve Gold on April 28, 2009 at 10:12pm
The University Settlement Camp is undergoing a comprehensive study. A community garden will be suggested there. It will also be considered for the Hiddenbrooke Park. The city does not own any building lots. But if there is any property that comes to mind it will be warmly received.
Comment by cheryl nelson on April 28, 2009 at 6:09pm
East side - West side. Its all good. Where we might really benefit as a community is in the middle zone. Has anyone contacted the city regarding unused and possibly donated city land that might be given up for a true community garden?
Comment by Scott Tillitt on April 27, 2009 at 11:56am
East End reprezent! (I'll be an East Ender in a few days.)
Comment by Jinni James on April 27, 2009 at 10:45am
I walked by on a dog walk last night, it looks fantastic.

Cheryl, I'm game, lets get one going on the west end.
Comment by cheryl nelson on April 27, 2009 at 10:20am
Took a stroll on Saturday and saw the garden come closer into focus. Great work to Nicole and Justin! And now for the West End????
Comment by Venessa Miemis on April 26, 2009 at 9:27pm
Comment by ken on April 26, 2009 at 2:02pm
just stopped by the lot to say hi to hard-working nicole & justin. they are still laying out the beds, but the bed in the image above is half-filled with lettuce now!
Comment by Birdy on April 26, 2009 at 8:40am
Wow, I haven't seen the lot of a couple weeks, and what a change. They have done a lot of work considering the shape it was in. I hope the lot owner chips some $ in considering the improvement. May your crops be plentiful and delicious.

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