Sanford Community Garden Application

Sanford has a community garden where those who lack access to suitable land can grow their own organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs in 4-foot by 12-foot raised beds. There are also some 3-foot by 5-foot Kids Beds for your supervised young gardeners! All tools and gardening materials are supplied.  Each gardener must volunteer six hours of their time caring for the food pantry beds over the course of the season. To reserve a bed, and leave a message or ask questions, complete the application below.

Sanford Community Garden
The David and Linda Pence Community Ecology Center

The McKeon Environmental Reserve

Springvale, Maine

We thank Kennebunk Savings Bank for their generous support which allows us to offer this community service at no cost to gardeners. 

Garden Philosophy

The purpose of this enterprise is to have an enjoyable, healthy, and successful experience. We will work with you to ensure this happens. We ask that you think of your gardening neighbors and the garden while working 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. Be mindful of mature plant height so as to not shade other beds. 

The Garden

Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) from the University of Maine Extension’s Master Gardener Program manage Sanford Community Garden and are available for advice, help, application questions, and to report any issues: Call Kev (206-5934) or Patty (206-5933).

Beds are assigned plots on a first-come, first-served basis. Gardening spaces will be reserved and posted for local food pantry benefit, and all gardeners will be expected to tend these areas; watering and produce distribution of food pantry plots will be done by MGV. Gardening tools, fertilizers, watering hoses and nozzles, produce cleaning sink, ADA-accessible outdoor restroom, and table and chairs are available for gardeners and their guests to use. 

Applicants are expected to read, understand, and obey the General Policies, Rules, Waiver, and Photo Release as described on the application. Applications and Waivers must be completed and submitted to be considered for bed assignments. The Community Garden Advisory Board has final determination of all aspects of the Sanford Community Garden.

General Policies

  1. The following are not allowed: Smoking, alcohol, pets, subletting plots, non-organic control materials, unattended children, fresh manure, cannabis, illegal or invasive plants.
  2. Place disease-free plants, parts, and weeds in the compost pile provided.
  3. When leaving the garden, return any tools you used to the tool shed, and ensure the water spigot is turned off.
  4. Consider neighboring plots when planting vine or tall-growing plants such as cucumbers, squash, corn or sunflowers; use dwarf-type varieties and plant tall or trellised crops down the center of the bed.
  5. Plots should be properly cared for during the whole season; ask for help if you need it!

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 Sanford Community Garden

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