Three formerly vacant and overgrown city lots are now home to the Linwood Place Community Garden (LPCG). The LPCG is a product of discussions between attorney Richard Pertz and Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, president and CEO of For The Good, Inc. Mr. Pertz approached Ms. Harris-Lockwood about starting the garden project, which would decrease dependency on foreign oil used to cultivate and transport vegetables. Growing vegetables within the city decreases the need to go out and buy vegetables which have traveled thousands of miles, when they can do it themselves for free in their own neighborhood.
A personal dream of garden designer C.Harris-Lockwood's, the three city lot community garden features modern garden technology, making it handicapped accessible, and highly efficient. Raised beds not only save gardener's backs, it also allows for high yield gardening where seeds are planted close together to weed out the weeds. Composted horse manure, complimentary of local farms, provide a fertile growing medium which takes something in excess in the country and gives it value within city limits. There is ample space for wheelchairs in between the 32 raised beds (4'x16'x16) from rough-cut hemlock lumber), in addition to a pull through driveway for tractor/truck access, raised water tank, and garden shed.
The LPCG was remarkably successful this season despite a late start, planting in mid-late June. It was able to feed over 100 people this season, and is looking forward to helping the local community in multiple ways. In the garden, people of all ages and abilities are able to learn how to grow and preserve different varieties of vegetables. In conjunction with GroWest, a fellow not for profit, FTG provided canning demonstrations to community members. Additionally, dietary diversity, community development, community leadership and youth development has been introduced due to this initiative.
The Linwood Place Community Garden is looking forward to the 2009 growing season! Based on a communal design, more vegetables are able to be grown in a small area because of high yield planting structure in the raised beds. Community participation is a must, as vegetables are grown in their own separate beds, individuals work within the entire garden, not to one specific plot. Interested individuals should contact For The Good office to learn more.
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