Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Community Gardeners on a Mission

Thank you, Franklin Gardeners!
Our mission to state our mission was successful.
The working (or work-in-progress?) mission statement:

The Franklin Community Gardens mission is to support our community in growing produce, providing locally harvested food to those in need, increase social interaction among our community, and develop an educational garden for all ages.

It is brand new, probably needing a little wordsmithing to get all the verbs agreeing with each other, but what a great place to start!  

We now have a steering committee in place and subcommittees.
Thank you one and all for stepping up.

We have a lot of work to do. Eyes on the prize.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Important Meeting Tonight 10/25

Franklin Community Gardens Meeting
Monday, October 25, 2010
7-8:30 p.m.
Franklin YMCA Bernon Family Branch
45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin
Agenda items: Mission Statement, Land updates, and committee sign-ups

We are going write our Mission Statement and elect steering committee chairs.

Our steering committee will be comprised of:
1) a Chairperson
2) a Co-Chair
3) Treasurer
4) Recording Secretary
5) Garden Site Coordinators, 1 for Giving Garden, 1 for Community Garden (and hopefully 1 for a Youth Garden!)
6) Committe Chairs, tbd

We will work as a group determine what our committee structure should be, list them, and enlist chairpersons and co-chairs for them.
Some committees will go to work right away, and some will get busy in the near future.

We listed our visions for a community garden at our first meetings.  A mission statement will be very important as we begin to source funding for our garden(s) and to educate the community at large about what we are doing and why.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Land committee: We're on for Sunday, October 17th

Meetup for the land committee is planned this Sunday, at Noon, at the King Street Playground.  We will meet near the basketball court.

Going to look at space there, then travel on up Washington Street to the vacant lot before the Temple, the one with boulders and a metal gate. 

Those two are town-owned.  Need to see if we can make it work for a community garden, make our lists.

Have 4 others to visit, on private property, just waiting for an official "ok" to walk around.  People have to talk with people, and we are in limbo 4 ways.  Got some great garden ambassadors out there, and they are working on it.  Some things take time and are worth waiting for, so just think good thoughts and cross your fingers!

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Hello blue skies and autumn leaves!

Time for rallying the garden troops to walk some proposed community garden properties.

Trying to schedule a walkabout with our group this weekend at a couple of spots here in Franklin, thinking Sunday afternoon or Monday day. 

If you know your stuff and can lend expertise to location selection, please contact us at franklincommunitygardens@gmail.com


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Woo Hoo! And so we begin

Meeting number two brought more people and more energy.  We met newcomers to town, longtime residents, condo dwellers.  All wanted to see a community garden project for the same reasons as well as different ones. All would like their own plots, all would like to see a youth garden, and all want to help in a giving garden for the food pantry.  What is it about gardeners?----we span the generations, yet put us all in one room and we are old friends from the get go!  Love it.

We discussed community, giving back, healthy eating, recreation, education, youth programs, and more.

Next order of business is to find some land.  Not just any land, but sunny, healthy, and tillable land.
We talked about community garden models in other towns, on municipal land, and the realistic timeline for planning and rolling something out. Probably months and months. We can do this. 

We are also looking into finding space on private land for the food pantry garden, and have taken steps towards making connections with landholders.  This is something that could be in the ground and green and growing this spring.  If you are reading this, and can help us with your land or know someone who might be open to letting us cultivate a large vegetable garden, please contact us here via a comment or an email.

Lauren at the Y will send out minutes of the meeting to those of you who are on our list. 

I have just received an email from one of the Town departments, woo hoo! So the process begins.........
As soon as I know what we need to do Town-wise I will rally you, troops.
Thank you!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Did you miss the first meeting? Can you do Monday 9/20?

We will be holding another meeting, we received many emails and calls from interested folks who either couldn't join us or heard about it afterwards.

Here's Lauren from the Y:

Hi All!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks again for meeting last week to discuss a Franklin Community Garden.

I wanted to let you know that we are holding another meeting on Monday, September 20 at 7 PM at the YMCA. This will be led just like last weeks to gain more interest from the community and to allow all those who wanted to attend, but were unable to make it to share their vision and ideas.

Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in a Franklin Community Garden.

Thank you!
email us at franklincommunitygardens @ gmail dot com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Yes, It Does Appear That You Are Ready, Franklin. And Willing and Able.

Hi, This is Amy.
Let me tell you about our first meeting!

I got to the Y early to help set up and we set out a circle of chairs.  It was a big circle.
Then I worried that if we put out too many chairs and only a few folks showed up, well, it just might not feel right.  I put 1/2 of the chairs back by the wall. And then spent the evening happily providing more chairs.

Thank you, everyone. I knew you were out there!

Lauren is putting together the minutes and I'll post them soon.
I am working on a committee sign-up list.
Emails and calls are arriving asking when are we meeting again.
I've stirred up town offices, in a good way I hope,  by enquiring about a certain location for plots.  A meeting is in the works, I'll  know exactly when soon.
Jodi has offered to contact a landholder for permission to use a portion of his agricultural land so that we may jumpstart the community Giving Garden for the Franklin Food Panty.  That would be wonderful.
Offers of web development, grant writing, and more.
A wonderful email offering THREE compost bins just came in, Thank you, Danni! I'll be by Saturday!
Thank you, Chris and Michelle, for spreading the word and walking in the tall grass.
Thanks, Lauren, for getting the ball rolling.

Franklin, you rock.

(edited to add---I didn't post the minutes here.  If you were at the meeting, or contacted us with your email, they were sent to you.  When we get a website up we can post them there.  Are you reading this, Ramsey? Let's talk!)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Press Release! Mark Your Calendar for September 8th

For Immediate Release:

August 31, 2010


Lauren Marciszyn, Franklin YMCA, 774-235-2737

Amy Acevedo, committee member, 508-520-7018

Event Date is Wednesday September 8, 2010


Franklin Group Plans For New Community Garden

Would you like to be a part of a new Community Garden in Franklin? Would you like to grow fresh and healthy food? We are group of new and seasoned gardeners who would like to start a large community garden in Franklin with separate plots available for individuals, families and community groups as well as a “Giving Garden” for the Franklin Food Pantry. This vision is a continuation of the Healthy Futures Harvest Garden Project, started earlier this spring as free-standing raised garden beds placed throughout our community. Please join us for a planning session Wednesday evening September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin YMCA Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Rd. Now is the time to plan for next spring! No experience is necessary. Come help us grow our garden dream into homegrown food on your plate! For more info, contact Lauren at 774-235-2737, email Amy at franklincommunitygardens @ gmail dot com
or read more on the new blog at http://www.franklincommunitygardens.org/ (you are already here!)
Follow Us! Click up there on the Right.  Email this! Click below this post.  Now get to the Y on the 8th or send someone in your place!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Welcome to the blog. Let's make some garden plans!

This is a place to dream big and do big.

How about it, Franklin?  Can we do this?

Sure we can. 

Let's make a real Community Garden:

A place for you to plant a garden in the sunshine,

grow things,

eat those things that you grow,

give away what you have extra of.
Share and learn.

Meet your neighbors. 

Eat healthier. 

A meeting is being planned in September at the Franklin YMCA, watch this blog and area newspapers for details!