Aaron and Dan

Phew, it’s cold and wintry outside . . . the perfect time to start planning your summer garden! On February 1, the Northfield Community Gardeners will start accepting applications for participation in the 2008 Greenvale Park Community Garden! The garden is located just west of Greenvale Park Elementary School, on Lincoln Street.

Applications are available for downloading now (see the sidebar for both english and spanish versions)!

Read on for more information on the Greenvale Park Community Garden!

Garden plots are 10 feet by 20 feet (with a 10’x10’ half-plot option also available.) Those who are assigned plots may plant what they choose and are responsible for maintaining their plots throughout the growing season. The produce of the plot will be theirs to use as they wish. All gardeners at the community garden use organic gardening methods, and experienced gardeners are available to help newer gardeners learn the necessary skills. All gardeners also help out with necessary garden tasks, like fence trimming and maintaining the compost. In addition to the individually assigned plots, there is also a “Sharing Plot” which the gardeners communally help to tend and harvest produce from this plot is donated to the food shelf. There are also two plots maintained by Greenvale Park School classes.

Aaron and Dan

The garden is a collaboration between Northfield Community Gardeners, Northfield School District Community Services, and Greenvale Park Elementary School.

Fees: Gardeners pay an annual fee of $25 per plot (or $15 per half plot) to help with garden costs. Financial Assistance is available for those who need it.

Requirements: Plots are open to anyone in Northfield, and applications will be taken on a first-com, first-served basis in starting February 1. (A number of plots are temporarily reserved for families of current Greenvale Park Elementary students, in the early weeks of the application period.) You can download an application right now . . . see the right side of your screen. You can send an e-mail to northfieldcommunitygarden@hotmail.com if you have questions.

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