MOULTONBOROUGH — Ready, set, grow. The town will officially kick off its Community Garden program this Memorial Day weekend when residents who have signed on may access their 600-square-foot plots of land to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
The $60 per plot user fee, collected to offset the town’s costs, covers the chore of preparing the plots, and provides compost, electricity and water for the season.
The garden is located on Old Route 109, off Route 25, to the side of the Lions Club. The plots receive full sunshine, and thanks to a newly installed irrigation cistern, water will be available close to the garden.
The idea for a community garden was seeded about six months ago, when Ken Kasarjian pitched it to the Selectmen and the conservation commission. With the board’s support and $1,200 in start-up funds from the town, a garden subcommittee was formed under the auspices of the Conservation Commission.
Aside from promoting self-sufficiency and physical fitness, organizers say the Community Garden may also cultivate friendships and community spirit.
The garden is “a self-sustaining resource exclusively available to help our permanent or seasonal residents, especially seniors, get more involved in the community. From working in the garden alongside friends and neighbors to donating home-grown vegetables to local hunger relief agencies, how you choose to ‘dig in’ is up to you,” according to the garden’s mission statement.
The garden committee includes Sheryl McCarthy, her daughter, Alyssa McCarthy, Rich Creelman, Bruce Glaski and Bob Wallace. Other volunteers who have provided goods, services, time, or all of the above include Master Electrician Brian Blackadar, Herb Farnham and Selectman Chris Shipp.
“The community has rallied around this garden,” said Kasarjian.
Students at Moultonborough Academy pitched in by creating the nameplates for garden renters. Alyssa McCarthy, who is working on the garden as part of a Girl Scout project, has created graphics, posters and flyers to get the word out to the public about the garden.
Users are required to have their plants in by June 15 and removed by the end of the growing season on Oct. 15.
Plots are a still available to town and seasonal residents. Applications are available at town hall or at moultonboroughnh.gov.