Sanford Community Garden Hosted by Sanford/Springvale Mousam Way Land Trust; Managed by University of Maine Extension Service’s York County Master Gardener Volunteers
After an absence of several years, Sanford has a community garden where those who lack access to suitable land can grow their own organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The Sanford Community Garden is located at the Pence Community Ecology Center in the McKeon Environmental Reserve on Blanchard Road in Springvale. On May 19, the garden will be created by applicants, Master Gardener Volunteers, Land Trust members, and others.
The whole purpose of this enterprise is to have an enjoyable, healthy, and successful experience. Toward that end, we will work with you to ensure this happens. We ask that you think of your gardening neighbors and the garden while working there.
The tool shed will serve as a communications center. Notices will be posted, along with the garden guidelines, and lists of approved organic soil amendments, pesticides, and herbicides. The Master Gardener Volunteer schedule, a list of people to contact with any problems and questions you may have, and a message board will also be there.
You’ll be encouraged to use the square foot gardening procedure developed by Mel Bartholomew as a means of getting the most out of a limited space, but you can use whatever layout you want. By the same token, certain species and varieties will be recommended based on experience. Again, you may choose your own. In any case, the point you should keep in mind is that the size of the bed places a limit on how many types of plants you can grow.
Each selected applicant will have a four-foot by twelve-foot, 10 inch high raised bed filled with blended topsoil amended with compost. A membership fee of $25 will be used for expenses during the summer. Four free plots will be reserved for low income folks. Two others will be reserved for home school students and their families.
Selected applicants will be assigned plots on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be expected to volunteer at least three hours of caring for the food pantry plot during the growing season; this is a requirement for having a plot in the garden another year.
Gardening tools, water, and a first aid kit will be available for gardeners to use. Master Gardeners will provide advice and help, if needed. They will also oversee the garden beds and the food pantry plot.
Applicants, Master Gardeners, and land trust members will gather at a required meeting in late March to go over guidelines, review some of the techniques of square-foot gardening, and answer any questions folks might have about the garden or gardening.
Using a plot at the Sanford Community Garden is a privilege; the Advisory Committee reserves the right to revoke the privilege of any gardener at any time for any reason it deems appropriate.
Application For Garden Plot
Payment for 1 raised bed plot at McKeon Reserve Community Garden
Alternatively, print out and complete the following application and General Rules and Waiver Contract:
Sanford Community Garden
Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _________________________
Mailing address: __________________________________________________ Zip: ________
Email: _________________________________ (We will use this to communicate with you.)
Membership fee for a 4’ x 12’ plot is $25
Please make checks payable to: “SS Mousam Way Land Trust”
Mail to: Mousam Way Land Trust, 917 Main St., Sanford, Me., 04073
General Rules and Waiver Contract
I agree to waive, release, and hold harmless Sanford Springvale Land Trust, York County Cooperative Extension Service, and Master Gardener Volunteers from any and all damages, claims, suits, or injuries. By using the Sanford Community Garden located at Blanchard Road in Springvale, I assume responsibility for all risks, damages, to self or personal property and hazards, including ant third parties I may bring onto said property, for the purposes of gardening or otherwise. Insurance coverage is my own responsibility. I agree to act in a safe, sensible, and responsible manner, and will use respect with property and other people while at the garden. I also understand and agree to follow garden rules and policies.
I have read and understand the General Rules and Waiver Contract. I understand that my signature here is an acceptance of the General Rules and Waiver, and I agree to abide by them.
Signature: _____________________________________________ Date: __________________________