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.