We now have three Community Gardens you can get involved with - the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden (behind the Grey Eagle Soccer Arena), the Carver Community Garden, and the Tomahawk Community Garden. Each has its own culture and works a little differently. Here are the basics:
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden (99 White Pine Drive): This garden has substantial infrastructure, including gardening tools, running water, free manure & mulch, and other gardening supplies. The garden is a short downhill walk from the parking area (but there is a greenway trail that encircles it, with a disc golf course, indoor soccer arena, softball fields, and trail system nearby). There are 62 rental plots (full size is 50'x6', half size is 25'x6'), returning gardeners get first opportunity to have a plot. Rental fee is $35/full plot, $20/half plot - for March - October growing season. Gardeners can pay an extra bit to winter garden. Gardeners set aside the first 5 feet of a plot to grow food for donation (seeds, starts, and instructions provided). This garden also has several hundred feet of donation-only beds tended by volunteers. Over 3,000 pounds of produce donated annually from this garden (mostly to Bounty & Soul). Volunteers help out on weekly volunteer days, and groups of up to 20 can schedule a day (or days) to volunteer. Currently has a waiting list, and people on the list are being assigned to plots right now.
Carver Community Garden (101 Carver Ave): This fledgling garden is just getting up and running and still has some infrastructure needs. Running water is available in the Carver Community Center, and the infrastructure is slowly developing witha few tools and storage. 9 little rental beds (3'x13'). Returning gardeners get first-chance. Plots are "rented" using Sweat Equity. In exchange for 1 hour/month of time volunteered or participating in a gardening workshop, gardeners earn their plot. We hope to add elevated raised beds to make this level garden even more accessible by those with limited mobility. At this garden, you can walk, bike, or drive up and park right next to it. This garden is further enhanced with a nearby brand-new playground, and it sits next to a small skate park, and near a sand volleyball court and the Carver Community Center.
Tomahawk Community Garden (401 Laurel Circle): This is our oldest and most private garden. It's the original site for the garden Dr. Wilson started (and he still gardens there at 98 years old!). Spots in this garden are shared with neighbors, and rarely open up as these gardeners have been here for years.
Interested in starting a community garden in your neighborhood, your church yard, or communal living space? Give us a call - we can help you get started!
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