Lettuce Keep Growing!

Two participants from Harper Acre's Garden of Eatin' building their raised beds.

Greetings, October! It finally feels like fall, signaling the end of many gardens for the season. Other gardens are taking advantage of season extension methods to keep on growing. At Harper Acres, participants will be learning how to set up hoop houses over their raised beds. The Rec. Center will continue harvesting for a short while more and then CATCH youth will put the beds to rest with a cover crop of winter rye. If you’re wondering what hoop houses and cover crops are, stay tuned. We’ll share more on CGC sites’ fall garden activities soon.

While veggie growth may be slowing for the season, CGC is just beginning our new application cycle for two to three more garden sites. We’re excited to visit potential sites and hear organizational visions of how they might integrate raised bed gardens into their programming. We’re accepting applications through October 21st. If you know of any organizations that might be interested in applying, or if you are curious, our application materials can be found here: Apply to be a Garden Site.

In our effort to get the word out about our application, a few weeks ago, several CGC coordinators ventured over to Keene State’s Community Organization Fair with applications in hand. Traveling from table to table, we were struck by how many organizations are interested in having raised bed gardens as part of their programming for participants. Though at this time we don’t have the resources to help every organization start their raised bed garden adventures, we’ve been pondering how we’ll expand our model for the future to support interest and needs in the Keene community. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Community Conversations:

How might CGC expand our model, and/or collaborate with others, to support organizations and individuals interested in garden programming and greater food access?

For organizations that are interested in having gardens, but don’t feel the CGC model is accessible/feasible for you, what would make the model work for you?

Please spread the word about our application and join in our conversations!

-Anna

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About cgcstaff

Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) is a collaborative initiative involving Antioch University New England's (AUNE) students, faculty and staff. Partnering with non-profits and service agencies in Keene, NH, we support organizations in the development of community gardens throughout Keene. We aim to use community gardens as a vehicle to increase food access, community wellness and landscape restoration. By doing so, we hope to complement other community efforts to develop a more resilient community that is working to mitigate our climate footprint and adapting for the future.
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1 Response to Lettuce Keep Growing!

  1. Hello community gardeners! My name is Danielle Couture a senior Environmental Studies student at Keene State College. For my senior project I have been designing a proposal for more community gardens in Keene. I have designed a survey to help me define the need and desire for more community gardens.The survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete, but will beneift the city for years to come.
    Thank you for your time and interest in community gardening!!!
    Click on this link to take the survey:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/keenecommunitygardens

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