Community garden planned in Lake George

LAKEGEORGE - A community garden is being developed by the village of Lake George for the purpose of growing healthy food, encouraging a sustainable lifestyle, along with nurturing some flowers and providing a space for quiet reflection, municipal officials said this week.

The garden, complete with 25 or so plots, is planned for development soon beside the Lake George Village Hall off Old Post Road.

Plots will be available within several weeks to local residents of the town and village of Lake George to use and maintain on their own, Village Public Works Superintendent Dave Harrington said.

He said the 40-foot by 40-foot garden will be fenced in and include raised beds encircled by non-treated lumber. A shed for tools will be nearby, and the entrance to the garden will include an archway, Harrington said. The garden will be filled with prime topsoil enriched by appropriate compost, he said.

A water tap will be located by the garden, from which community garden enrollees can attach a hose and water their plants.

The Village's Go Green Committee, which includes Deputy Mayor John Earl, former Village Board member Marissa Muratori, Debbie McKinney, Patricia Dow, Judy Gearwar and Caryl Clark, developed the plans for the garden.

Assisting in the project is community garden coordinator Bert Weber of Warren County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14 in the Village Hall at 26 Old Post Road to introduce the concept of the Lake George Community Garden. Interested gardeners are urged to attend.

For details, contact Harrington at 796-5543 or Debbie McKinney 668-5771 ext. 24

Harrington said the community garden, complete with easy, convenient access, would be ready for use by Memorial Day.

"This is an excellent opportunity for residents who perhaps lack adequate space to grow their own fresh produce and enjoy the art of gardening," Harrington said. "The garden also can be a great social thing for people - and encourage folks to get out and get some exercise, whether they are retired or working."

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