Tom Settlemire Community Garden
Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) created the Tom Settlemire Community Garden (TSCG) in the spring of 2012 with a mission to provide intergenerational gardening opportunities and experiential gardening education at a very low cost to the people of the midcoast area of Maine. The garden was planned and developed by an enthusiastic volunteer committee of community members and Master Gardeners.
In the first two years of the garden we leased all (80) plots to community members; provided “scholarship” plots with seeds and mentoring to several low income families and a mental health facility; supported an array of assisted living and elder care facilities in using super-high raised beds for their residents; provided educational and community service opportunities to girl scouts, school groups, college students, and others; and enlisted hundreds of volunteer hours to build, plant, maintain, and harvest the garden.
In addition, we are particularly proud of our collaboration with the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) in the 6,000 ft2 “Common Good Garden” (CGG). CGG increases the fresh local food available to the 3,000 families at risk of hunger served by MCHPP. Last season, together we grew nearly two tons of food for their programs – in huge part due to the irrigation system that Sow It Forward helped to fund in 2013. The irrigation system more than doubled the harvest, and eliminated the need for extensive hours of volunteer labor to haul water to CGG. This enabled us to redirect these hours to other valuable tasks such as planting, harvesting, and education. We have found that effectively managing and directing volunteer hours is key to the success of our garden.
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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