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Community Garden to support growth

Plots available to community members

Allison Buckley tills the soil in her plot at the Elizabethtown community garden.

Allison Buckley tills the soil in her plot at the Elizabethtown community garden. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Taking steps forward to make Elizabethtown a more healthy community, the town will be providing plots of land for a community garden.

The garden, located behind the Hale House on Route 9, has five fenced plots and two exposed plots available for community members who may not have fertile ground to plant in.

“These plots are an opportunity for people to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and it’s also an opportunity to get the whole family involved and learn about what goes into gardening,” Allison Buckley of the Adirondack Council Director of Conservation said.

At the garden, Buckley said all the tools and water someone would need to grow their garden are provided on site, and different seeds are also available for people to use.

There is no cost to reserve a plot, but Buckley said a donation can be made to support the garden.

This will be the second year the plots will be available. Last year, Buckley said four plots were cultivated.

“The rich soil allowed our plants to grow very well,” Buckley said. “Last year we had more plants than we knew what to do with.”

According to American Community Garden Association, having a community garden has many benefits to its community such as it provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, encourages self-reliance, beautifies neighborhoods, produces nutritious food, can reduce family food budgets, conserves resources, creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, education, and preserves green space.

Buckley said by having a community garden, it also promotes Eat Local and Go Green initiatives which encourage a healthier community.

The garden was made possible through a Healthy Communities Grant. Other projects supported by the grants include the kiosk at the golf course, new trail maps for Blueberry Hill, garbage removal along trials, and pedestrian crossing signs.

To reserve a plot at the community garden or to make a donation contact Buckley at abuckley@adirondackcouncil.org or call 873-6675.

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