On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in mid-September, the Community Garden Coordinators hosted their first open house to showcase the development of two gardens in Keene. The event was open to the public and we received an audience from across the Keene community. We were at the Harper Acres and Recreation Center gardens from 10AM-2PM with tables set up with information, snacks, and activities.
At Harper Acres, the garden was the place to be for those who helped to work this summer! Residents at Harper Acres brought out lawn chairs and enjoyed the beautiful day alongside the CGC staff. Libby and Susan organized the construction of a new herb bed, working with the community members at Harper Acres. The gardens looked great and those who stopped by enjoyed some snacks from the garden and a beautiful caprese salad. It was also the first time for several visitors to try nasturtium flowers!
Nearby at the Rec. Center, we had a healthy snack that was derived from the Early Sprouts curriculum to give visitors a taste of what the program is all about. There was also an activity for visitors to make their own micro-green garden that they could take home and use throughout the winter. And there was work to do in the garden! So, we had the opportunity to get our hands dirty and clean up the garden. Visitors included Antioch students, faculty, and advisory committee members.
Another highlight was that Adam Majewski, an Antioch Student who works with Cheshire County TV interviewed some of the gardeners. His video and interviews will be airing on CCTV later in October, and will feature both gardens as well as a little bit more about the application process for future gardens!
The open house was a valuable step in bringing people together at the gardens and to distribute information about the application process for future gardens. We’re looking forward to highlighting more gardens next year.