Helfand Farm Community Beginner Gardening Program.
The Helfand Farm Community Gardens [HFCG] is a non-profit affiliate of Dartmouth Natural
Resources Trust [DNRT] and is located on four acres of DNRT farmland, but is independent
financially. The goal of the gardens is to provide a supportive and pleasant environment for
gardeners from the community, with varied levels of experience, to grow food and flowers. In
our first season we have grass parking lot, a porta john, a picnic table, a bulletin board, shared
tools, an irrigation spigot [drinkable] every forth plot, mowed shared areas, free rototilling and
shared seed and compost orders, all in a beautiful setting to nurture the soul. Our gardeners
are a diverse group from the local community; 18 gardeners from Dartmouth, 11 from New
Bedford, 2 from Westport and one each from Fall River and Wareham. Some gardeners received
scholarship plots and one day-care center adopted a plot. We conducted multiple workshops,
all open to the public and presented in-kind by Helfand Gardens' bona fide expert gardeners.
Building of the success of the first season, HFCG will again offer free workshops to plot renters
and the community. Workshop attendees have been adults and families, most without space
to grow vegetables at their home. In order to improve the gardening basics programming for
the upcoming season we’d like to purchase seed starting supplies. Supplies will be used for a
beginners garden series taught by a HFCG master-gardener and help improve equipment for an
upcoming seed-planting project for children held at the Dartmouth Grange Fair.
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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