Press Release: Beds Now Available for the Hardwick Community Garden in 2013

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Posted: February 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Hardwick Community Garden Raised Beds Now Available for 2013!

HARDWICK, VT, February 26, 2013 – The Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE) has teamed up with the community to relocate and revitalize the Hardwick Community Gardens. In 2004, the CAE established a vibrant community garden space near the Lamoille River, on land owned and maintained by the Town of Hardwick. That area was flooded during Tropical Storm Irene, which brought the gardening season to an abrupt end and stimulated discussion to relocate the gardens.. With input from current gardeners, the decision to move the gardens to Atkins Field on Granite Street was based upon accessibility, sun exposure, greater protection from flooding, and proximity to downtown.

The relocation of the Hardwick Community Garden was a true community effort. With the help of grants from the Vermont Community Garden Network and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, the CAE began work on Granite Street in the spring. Approximately 45 volunteers and 233 volunteer hours have gone into the project thus far, resulting in a newly excavated site, a granite amphitheater, 28 raised beds, and woodchip walkways. The site was excavated and granite blocks moved by Bellavance & Sons in Hardwick and Hazen Union’s Forestry Program manages the site’s woods, providing woodchips. The hemlock used to build the beds was harvested from a local and sustainably managed forest and milled by Under Orion Farm in Cabot.  Vermont Natural Coatings in Hardwick donated wood stain, which was used to extend the life of the beds and Highfields Center for Composting topsoil was added along with a cover crop to suppress weeds.  Volunteers include individuals from Sterling College, Lyndon State College, the greater Hardwick community, and current gardeners. “Community gardens, like farmers’ markets and independent bookstores, are a cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant community and as such should be nourished and supported,” writes Sarah Morgan, MD when asked why she volunteered, “Plus I love that the new location joins the garden and market, and having battled (and lost against) the weeds at the old community garden site, I think the raised beds are a GREAT plan and will allow the most novice of gardeners to grow yummy food (or beautiful flowers) successfully.”

The grand opening of the gardens will be Earth Day 2013 (Monday, April 22). Growers are welcome to begin their garden preparations as soon as the registration form is filled out. Each bed is $20 for the season, Please contact the Center for an Agricultural Economy at center@hardwickagriculture.org or by calling (802) 472.5840 or download our brochure.

About the Center for an Agricultural Economy:

Our mission is to build a regenerative, locally based, healthy food system by engaging the greater Hardwick community through collaboration opportunities, educational outreach and providing infrastructure.

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