Kennebunk Community Garden
The Kennebunk Community Garden began in 2009 and has been providing much needed produce in increasing amounts to local recipients of both the CCOS (Church Community Outreach Services) in Kennebunk and YCSP (York County Shelter Program) in Alfred. The garden is a collaboration between the town of Kennebunk and the Animal Welfare Society. Grant money would be used to purchase compost and seedlings, primarily tomatoes and squash, to be planted in the MHH (Maine Harvest for Hunger) area which ls 1/2 of the total plantable space in the garden, i.e. approximately 7,500 square feet.
Seasonable plots either 10' x 10' or 10' x 20' can be rented to residents of Kennebunk and nearby communities for an annual fee. All fees go directly to support the garden. A limited number of permanent plots with year round access, are also offered. All renters, seasonal and permanent, are required to provide 6 hours of volunteer time for 10' x 10' plots and 12 hours of volunteer time for 10' x 20' plots, specifically to maintain and harvest the MHH area.
Harvested produce is delivered by volunteers directly to the CCOS and YCSP programs each week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Detailed statistics are kept and recorded as to type of produce and total weight for each weekly donation. These are made available to the public at the end of the season i.e. last year (2013), the total weight of produce donated was 2046 pounds.
This amount is four times of the first year's donation and we fully expect that with the help and support of our dedicated volunteers we will continue to add to this total in the coming years.
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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