Community Gardens

Growing food in our own community is a key part of our Farm’s mission. Founded in 2016, our Community Gardens have grown from an initial 40 plots to 120! Our gardeners represent individuals, families, and organizations such as CREATE Community Studios, CAPTAIN Community Human Services, the Saratoga Senior Center and Girl Scouts. Everyone is welcome!

 



Garden plots come in five sizes, including some that are easily accessible for gardeners with limited mobility. Each plot comes with access to water, soil and compost, tools, seeds, and gardening tips provided by experienced staff. All gardeners commit to six hours of volunteer work in the garden or farm during the growing season. Our garden volunteers lend a hand with important garden maintenance during the entire growing season (April/May through October). That’s what puts the “community” in our gardens.

Community gardeners improve their garden soil through the use of organic compost, leaf mulch, worm castings, and cover crops. Pests are controlled through removal by hand and limited use of organic certified sprays. In an effort to reduce the expense, waste, and storage issues associated with plastic container seed starting, we use soil blockers to start seedlings in the greenhouse. These hand-held devices are pressed into growing medium to create a “block” of compressed soil. This organic growing method is perfect for small scale garden production, and a great opportunity for gardeners to learn about sustainable growing methods.

The gardens are open to community members through an application process, and we offer a sliding scale so that everyone who wants to garden has the opportunity. We currently have a waitlist for the 2022 season.

Click here to join our waitlist
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