Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sign up Form for Build Day!

Calling all Volunteers!
Sign up for Build Day!

Click on this link to open the registration form:

click on this FORM

email us at

Friday, April 22, 2011

Build Day! May 7th

We need several Team Leaders ASAP to help things run smoothly, please contact Chris!

                                                BUILD DAY 

                               BUILD DAY

                               BUILD DAY

                             Your presence is cordially requested on


                                MAY 7th  

          Team Leaders needed,

    contact Chris Clay at
                 for details 

             Make history! Make a Garden!

--full details and signups for Build Day will be forthcoming--

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Sneak Peek

Wonderful things are on the way.

Here's a look at the future:

This graphic shows the prospective layout of the community garden at King Street. Chris Clay did this plan in collaboration with Jim Esterbrook of Franklin DPW.

Here's a view of the area, recently staked out:

And here is Chris's son Gabe, waiting by the one of the gates:

all image credits: Chris Clay

The Town's newly appointed Franklin Community Garden Committee's first official meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21st at 9 A.M. in Room 205 of the Franklin Municipal Bldg. It is open to the public.

If you would like to be added to the community garden mail list to receive updates on the Big Build, garden space signup info, volunteer opportunities, the Franklin Food Pantry Giving Garden Team, Plant A Row Franklin, and more, please send an email to

We have had a bit of re-organizing with the separation of the town committee and the Friends group, all good, and we are all busy with making things happen. Be in the know when it happens: get on the mail list, come to meetings, subscibe to this blog. Make it happen with us!

Race you to the Gate!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Resolution 11-09

Bringing you all up to speed:

On April 6, 2011, the Franklin Town Council adopted Resolution 11-09:
Creation of the Franklin Community Gardens Committee!

Not only that, the Council also approved the motion to appoint 5 members to the committee, folks who have been toiling away for months to get a community garden started here in town. Being a Town Committee will help with having a presence on municipal land, partnering with the various departments such as Rec, DPW, etc.

Members of the FCG Town Committee:
Amy Acevedo
Chris Clay
Nicole Harter
Deb Schwab
Teresa Triana

The work of the FCG Committee will be to get the gardens up and running.
A separate group is in the process of incorporating as a nonprofit as well:
The Friends of Franklin Community Gardens. This second group will be the fundraising arm of the gardens, as the Town committee can not solicit for donations. The Friends group will operate in a similar fashion as the other Friends groups in Franklin. This keeps everything where it should be, and it may be a bit confusing at first, but it will gel.

What will the role of this website be now that there are 2 different groups?

I don't exactly know, but it is a good place to post news and information for both at the moment. What I do know is that the first Community Garden is really, truly happening at King Street Memorial Park, the fence-to-be has already been staked out.

The Town Committee will be having regular public meetings which will be posted on the Municipal calendar and general information on how to sign up or volunteer will be posted on the Recreation Department section on the Town website, that is in the works, so stay tuned. This site will most likely be the Friends connection once the FCG committee gets going.

As soon as the FCG committee sets the meeting dates I will post links here as well as agenda information and links to the minutes as we will be following the Open Meeting laws.

I shared this with a few folks recently, but it is worth repeating:

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."

John Lennon (1940-1980)

Thank you to all the dreamers-turned-doers!