Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 Plans for Lancaster Community Gardens

Today it's 46 degrees with a bit of blue peeking through the clouds--feels like March. And in about a month it will be--which is great news for gardeners. 

The goal over the next few years for Lancaster Community Gardens is to create and/or catalyze community gardening opportunities around the city and county, to generate an over-supply of produce for donation to local food banks, and to support independent efforts with technical support, fundraising, volunteer management, and general guidance. 

Last year (our first) we had a late start but were able to donate over 300 lbs of produce to the food bank run by the Council of Churches. About 30 gardeners maintained 20 plots, as well as 7,000 square feet of community space. Teachers from Wheatland carved out a spot for classes, and over 100 people volunteered to help get things going. 

We also supported the creation of raised bed gardens at King Elementary (garden/art project), and Reynolds Middle School (community garden), and got some great help from the folks at Hamilton Elementary. Thanks for the signs!

This year we're planning on expanding the community gardens across from Wheatland Middle School, and establishing raised beds in neighborhoods around the city where and if people in the neighborhood want them and will commit to them--if we can find the space. 

In several weeks we're holding an organizing meeting for City sites, and based on the interest we'll develop a plan for catalyzing those gardens. We'll definitely need some volunteers, so please sign up and contact us at http://www.meetup.com/lancastercommunitygardens 

On another date we'll issue plot assignments for the Wheatland site, talk about plans for water, and announce a start date for the season. 

Tomorrow LGH is holding a meeting with folks from around the County about gardens and planning for this year. We're looking forward to hearing what other gardens are sprouting up around the County, and how we can help. 

If you're interested in joining the cause or want help starting your own, please contact us through the meetup site

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