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Southbury Community Garden Slated to Open in May

Community garden will be modeled after Heritage Village’s River Garden.

Settlers Park will be swarming with activity this Spring, as the Parks and Recreation Department prepares to open Southbury’s first ever Community Garden.

After months of planning and several presentations, the Friends of Southbury Community Garden got the go-ahead from First Selectman Ed Edelson and his board, along with the Parks and Recreation commission, to break ground on the quarter-acre parcel located in the Settlers Park complex. The group now has its sights set on an official opening date of May 5.

Modeled after Heritage Village’s River Garden, the Southbury Community Garden will offer all town residents the opportunity to purchase their own 10’ x 10’ plot within the fenced area for an annual administration fee of $25.

While Southbury’s Public Works Department will oversee the general maintenance of the garden, each plot-owner will be responsible for preparing, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting and maintaining their individual plots, according to the community group.

The garden project is in cooperation with Pomperaug Health District’s two-year grant initiative, known as ACHIEVE, or Action Communities for Health Innovation, and Environmental Change. The ACHIEVE committee is comprised of local leaders, including town officials, Heritage Village Civic Association representatives, board of education members, non-profit partners, and a group of community volunteers led by Sharon Martovich.

Gardeners will be asked to donate a portion of their fruits and vegetables to local charities, such as the Southbury Food Bank. Donations to supplement funding for the garden are also being sought. Most donations will come to ACHIEVE from the CT State Department of Health and the CT Cancer Partnership.

“We’ve seen tremendous support so far for this project,” said Health Department Spokesperson Robin Lucas.  “From town officials to business owners, and everyone in between, the community has really pulled together to make this project a reality.”

At this point, the Garden will house 49 individual plots, which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis through the Parks and Recreation Department.  There is room for expansion in the coming years, if demand exceeds supply, according to Lucas.

Each plot-owner will be supplied wood and stakes through allocated grant money. The singular cost for residents is a $25 administration fee, which will be handled through the Parks and Recreation office

Interested residents are encouraged to contact the Pomperaug Health District at (203) 264-9616.

no agenda March 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
So how many residents are expected to load up their SUV, drive several miles from their multi acre lot daily and maitain a veggy garden?
L March 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Not everyone who lives in Southbury has the room to grow a garden. Some people live in condos with no outdoor space or in an area with prohibitive HOA's. In fact, I'm sure there are several renters who would love to have a space to garden. It's a great idea for a lot of people and just because it may not be helpful to you, doesn't mean it isn't helpful to anyone.
Webster March 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I agree. A community garden i s a great idea and brings folks from the town together. Not to mention some of the vegetables will go to the needy right here in Southbury. The costs to run the garden are far exceeded by the goodness that will prosper from it.
Sue Torrey March 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Only those who are interested. Are you sure you have no agenda??

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