a bench in a garden with Hanging Gardens of Babylon in the background

Community garden is entering its fifth season

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a bench in a garden with Hanging Gardens of Babylon in the background

Milford Community Gardens is entering its fifth year next to the former Milford Armory

Each year, the Milford Community Gardens has become increasingly popular. From the impacts of inflation, shortages on fertilizers, and supply chain issues, MCG expects to be very busy this growing season. While it has always been the vision to be a place of retreat and sanctuary, it is becoming apparent that it is also a place of necessity.

Rather than being a spot to use in pursuit of a hobby, the organization is focusing on the greater picture of food production. It would like to ramp up the amounts of food donated as well as engage a wider range of age groups.

“Last year, we had many gardeners that had just moved to the area wanting something to do, which is wonderful that we could provide a space for them,” Nancy Wagamon, Coordinator, said. “I would like to see more interest from the younger people, those who would possibly gain employment in environmental studies or become pivotal in the agriculture industry.”

The community garden does not charge a fee, which is its most enticing aspect. It also provides seeds and tools; however, the participants are required to spend at least 3 hours a week tendering to their plots as well as help with other tasks around the site.

“There are times when we need all hands on deck, when wood chips need to be spread, mass plantings need to be done, tomato plants have to be pruned, or harvesting is needed for donations,” Wagamon said. “Our gardeners are expected to pitch in with that. That is their payment.”

Out of twenty-two raised beds, there are only four now available. To reserve yours, please contact the Milford Community Gardens through its Facebook page or email Wagamon at [email protected]. The deadline is March 19,2022.

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