For those who may not know, The Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee maintains, coordinates, and supports the Farmington Community Gardens as a site for public gardening using community owned land in the Town of Farmington. Both individual and communal gardening spaces are provided for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs to enhance and supplement the nutritional needs of our citizens. The organization believes that promoting the growth of fruits, vegetables, and herbs using ecologically friendly and green gardening initiatives will foster healthy and sustainable gardening practices, aid in the nutritional support of our citizens, and provide a beneficial use for town land that will develop the environmental, ecological, and nutritional literacy within our community.
2014 is the third year of operation for the Farmington Community Gardens. Seven of the first ten gardening spaces were used in the first two years , accounting for 2800 square feet of dedicated growing space. Cultivation of additional spaces will added with increased membership. A third of the two acre space is being kept at meadow stage for pollinators and small animals. Over sixty decorative bulbs, flowers, and shrubs and five different herbs are being nurtured along the one hundred feet of the property edge adjacent to Bay Road. The water collection containers, which now must be pump or hand fed, will be modified this year to collect rainwater throughout growing seasons. The current system holds 600 gallons of water and increased capacity may be added as the Farmington Community Gardens grow larger and the need for water intensifies. In 2014 growing season, the Farmington Community Gardens will add a small number of fruit trees and berry bushes to enhance food production diversity.
We have five local sponsors, who have either donated time, materials, or services for the Community Gardens and we are working to expand sponsorship. Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee is working to actively involve the local school system and is also reaching out to other community groups to foster participation and support for the Farmington Community Gardens. The Committee sponsors a booth at Hay Day, Farmington's annual town festival, and tries to have members attend other community and school activities to look for opportunities to work with others in the town. We plan to continue this activity in 2014. Community spirit is very important part of the mission and the Farmington Community Gardens Stewardship Committee made plans in 2013 to work with at least one class of high school students in 2014. The Committee is also working closely with the Farmington and Middleton Extended Education, an after school program funded through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (Title IV Part B). The Farmington Community Gardens will also be featured as a NH community garden in an upcoming book release. We'll provide more details about that at a later date.
We'll soon begin to look for more members for the 2014 growing season. If you have questions about membership please e-mail us or come to our next Stewardship Committee meeting on March 7th.
For more information about the Farmington Community Gardens and to keep up to date on our activities during the growing season please visit out social media outlets.
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