The Courthouse Community Garden (CCG) includes an enthusiastic group of individuals that have come together under a larger 501 (c)(3) organization, the Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association, Inc. (the Courthouse Community Center) to plant a garden on a parcel of land adjacent to the Courthouse Community Center campus in Salem, New York, a rural community in Washington County.
The CCG program, in its broadest definition will offer opportunities to teach youth of all ages to grow, process, and market food, developing intergenerational community relationships. During the 2009 season, the CCG objectives include growing vegetables that will be donated to our local food pantry, teach the science of gardening to include soil testing and the plant cycle, serve as an activity and provide opportunities for education through the Courthouse summer Lunch-n-Learn program, dovetail with seasonal cooking classes at the Battenkill Kitchen (a shared-use licensed facility for start-up food businesses and culinary education), speak to broader issues of sustainability in our community and build connections with nature and food for our region.
Planting Day is Friday, June 5th (1 pm to 2 pm) where Salem Central School elementary students will be planting their seedlings they started with their teachers! (Rain date: Monday, June 8th, same time)
Vegetables, flowers and herbs will be sold at the Salem Farmers' Market throughout the summer -- Saturdays, downtown Salem, 10 am to 1 pm.
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