A new community garden is coming to Sanford in the spring of
2019 for individuals and families who lack access to suitable garden land. It will
be located on the McKeon Reserve at the Pence Community Ecology Center. The
Mousam Way Land Trust is in the early stages of raising funds for the garden.
The first funds for the garden in the amount of $750 were provided by the
New England Grassroots Environment Fund to support the construction and
development of the community garden. The New England Grassroots
Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local
initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and sustainable communities
using stories, tools, and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since
1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grant making program continues to fund nearly
150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000
community groups and initiatives covering more than 60% of New England’s cities
According to the plan, construction of the garden will commence on Earth
Day weekend, April 20, 2019. The combined efforts of land trust volunteers,
Master Gardeners and garden participants will bring the garden into being. There
will be 24, 4-foot by 12-foot plots and one 4-foot by 40-foot food pantry plot.
Four plots will be available for low-income individuals or families and
another two will be for home-schooled students or families. A donation of $25 will
be requested to be used for items and materials needed during the gardening
season. Master Gardeners will be available at scheduled times to provide advice
and demonstrate gardening techniques.
For more information about the New England Grassroots Environment Fund
visit: https://grassrootsfund.org, or call 603-905-9915.
Visit https://mousamwaylandtrust.org for more news and information about
the Mousam Way Land Trust.