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Community gardens areas to spruce up downtown

Plots will 'promote a sense of community and pride, provide fresh local food'

Kim Grant. (click for larger version)
May 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town is teaming up with the Center of Hope to produce three community garden areas in downtown Southbridge.

This will result in 17 plots on town-owned land and gardeners will be able to rent 4-foot by 8-foot plots on a yearly basis at $20 per plot per year. Plots are available from Saturday, May 28 until Monday, Oct. 31.

"Worcester Street has seven plots, Hamilton Street has four and Cross Street has six," said Kim Grant, the town's recycling coordinator. "This is available for any town resident. We have the applications online in English and hopefully soon in Spanish. We want to do something constructive with these abandoned lots. We haven't done this before in the town, but I went to a conference where they talked about it extensively and I came back and mentioned it to several people in the town."

Residents will be responsible for planting and maintaining their individual plot and everyone involved is responsible for keeping the area clean.

The town, with help from the Center of Hope, is providing a planter box, soil, a water barrel and a compost bin. Along with Skyjuice New England, the town is offering rain barrels for $75, $50 less than the normal price.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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