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MOSAIC to hold information sessions about Community Garden

February 8, 2012

Have you ever wanted to have your own garden, but didn’t have enough room in your yard? Would you like your children to learn how to grow their own fresh vegetables, but don’t know where to begin?

This spring MOSAIC Community Land Trust is building Pottstown’s first community garden at 423 Chestnut Street. They will be holding three information sessions during the month of February to explain what community gardens are all about and to take applications for approximately 40 raised bed garden plots for the 2012 season.

In addition to the garden plots, there will be compost bins, rain barrels, pavers, fencing, trellis, perennial gardens, a storage shed, and water service for irrigation.

The MOSAIC Community Garden is being built with a $30,000 grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. The property at 423 Chestnut Street was donated by thePottstown School District last spring, and other major donors and volunteers includePottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Other donations have already been received from Genesis Housing/Susquehanna BankLowes, Davey Tree ExpertsAndrew Monastra, Esq., the Borough of Pottstown, and many other individuals and volunteers.

According to the American Community Gardening Association, a community garden is “any piece of land gardened by a group of people.”

Typically, community gardens transform vacant lots into beautiful and positive community gathering places. While fresh, organic food is typically more expensive and out of financial reach for many people, the cost to grow and harvest one’s own food is significantly less. Residents pay a small annual fee to lease their plot and actively cultivate it throughout the entire growing season. MOSAIC plans to provide educational workshops for new and experienced gardeners. Individuals, families, community organizations, youth groups, and local restaurants are all welcome to apply for a plot.

The information sessions will be held at the following times and locations in Pottstown:

Tuesday, February 14 from 7-8 pm at the Ricketts Community Center, 640 Beech Street

Tuesday, February 21 from 7-8 pm at MOSAIC’s office, 10 S. Hanover Street

Saturday, February 25 from 2-3 pm at Victory Christian Life Center, 28-30 N. Washington Street

Applications will be available at the meetings and can be dropped off at any of the above locations or mailed to MOSAIC Community Land Trust by March 1. In the event that there are more applications than garden plots, a public lottery will be held at MOSAIC’s offices on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm. For more information, contact Sue Repko, MOSAIC Executive Director, at 609-658-9043 or srepko@mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org.

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4 Comments
  1. February 8, 2012 10:12 am

    Hi Sue – are the plots limited to residents of Pottstown?

    • February 8, 2012 5:09 pm

      Hi, Bob –

      Yes, they are limited to Pottstown residents and organizations. If they are not all spoken for, then we will open up applications to non-residents.

      Sue

  2. February 9, 2012 9:05 am

    Thanks Sue
    Ive been wanting to learn/install both rain barrel and “grey water” capture solutions for my gardens – I was hoping that a few area experts might be on hand to learn from/ask questions?

    Have you consider a Pinterest account for your blog? Pinterest is rapidly growing and they get more traffic than Linkedin/Google+/Youtube combined. And its thought that Pinterest traffic will exceed Twitter this year, I thought business owners could post pics of their businesses and what you are doing with bike trails/events etc

    Ive only had an account for a week or so, I am getting a ton of traffic http://pinterest.com/bobcgarrett/

    • February 12, 2012 9:03 pm

      Hi, Bob –

      The CLT will be holding informational workshops. Perhaps some of those will be available to the larger community. It will probably depend on where they are held (in the garden or inside somewhere.) We will definitely keep your request in mind as we plan these sessions.

      I’ll check out Pinterest – had not heard of it until now.

      Thanks!

      Sue

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