SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Dust off your hoes! The community garden at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Springfield is ready for the season. The plots are located behind the church at 33 Fairground Rd. in Springfield. The winter crop of stones has been harvested and the space prepared for the upcoming growing season. The soil has been tilled and loam, mulch, and compost have been applied. The good news is that the plots are available free of charge.
As in past years, and as a learning experience, a portion of the space will be used and tended by students of Riverside Middle School under the watchful eye of Becca Polk. Also, as in the past, the balance of the garden is being made available to anyone who might want to test their “green thumb” abilities. Raising one’s own fresh produce provides great rewards in many ways.
Past years have yielded such crops as cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, melons, corn, etc. This year, there will also be several raised beds available as well as the regular garden plots. There is onsite water and the rumor is that electric fencing may be forthcoming. Everything is primed and ready to go and available free on a first come, first served basis.
Call John at 802-376-3811 to reserve a plot. Should there be no answer, leave a message and call back number. Also, as much as we love animals, please try to restrain them from the garden area. If you like really fresh produce, give John a call. This garden is one of the ongoing outreach programs of St. Mark’s.