Elm Street Community Garden
Elm Street Gardens is a neighborhood garden, open to anyone in the greater Freeport community. The plot currently consists of 1/3 acre with 33 raised garden beds, several fruit trees and a small center flower patch.
A diverse population tends the beds of our community garden and it feeds more than 25 families. The age range of gardeners include young children through senior citizens. There are many families for whom the gardens provide most of their food through the summer as well as produce preserved for the winter months. Gardeners include life-long Mainers as well as immigrants from China, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
The garden beds are currently from one to five years old. Many of the original beds have been upgraded and redesigned to better match the gardeners’ needs. Some are ready to be replaced or updated. The paths around the garden need extensive renovation. New plantings – flowers and perennial fruits and herbs should be added. The "back forty" of the plot needs attention - extensive attention to weed removal and care so that it can be planted. The planned perennial herb bed, and berry plantings will enhance the garden and supplant the food available to the gardeners.
This Sow It Forward Grant will be a great way to forward the mission of the Elm Street Community Garden through garden activities that have helped strengthen the gardening community of several generations and nationalities in the shadow of downtown Freeport. Several community groups have been brought in annually to help with upkeep and seasonal prep. The lifelong learning and sharing on this little plot is significant and deserves broad support.
Google view of the garden at the end of August:
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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