LEOMINSTER – The Trustees of Reservations, in partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts, held an opening celebration of the new Lindell Avenue Community Garden located at Doyle Community Park on Sunday, June 12.
During the celebration, participants shared seedlings and planned their garden plots.
The garden was a flurry of activity as families enthusiastically planted vegetables and swapped gardening stories. There was laughter and leadership demonstrated by youngsters from the Garden Club at the Boys and Girls Club who were eager to share what they have learned about gardening in the past three months under the direction of Bob Mersereau, a dedicated volunteer for the Club.
After an hour of hard work in the garden, a lunch celebration, graciously donated by Sean Patrick’s Restaurant in Lunenburg, was held in the gymnasium at The Boys and Girls Club.
The Trustees prepared over 30 raised garden beds in time for the event, in anticipation of offering local gardeners a place to grow healthy food and participate in a community activity. Central to the garden are the middle schoolers from the Boys and Girls Club and their families, who are involved throughout the growing season in a hands-on learning opportunity that teaches the science of horticulture as well as the value of eating healthy, locally grown produce and the benefits of outdoor activity and teamwork.
According to Donata Martin, Executive Director for the Boys and Girls Club, “The gardening experience is uniquely enriching for youngsters and making it a family experience is all the more meaningful”.
This collaborative effort is part of the Twin Cities Community Garden Project, an initiative in North Central Massachusetts led by The Trustees of Reservations. With the support of The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Trustees are working to foster community gardening in the region as part of their commitment to community conservation, sustainability and building healthy, active green communities.
The second community garden site that The Trustees will steward is being developed at Gateway Park on Sheldon Street in Fitchburg, a 6-acre parcel of land on the North Nashua River conserved as a public park through the joint effort of nearly a dozen public and private groups. Construction of this park is underway and an opening celebration is being planned for the fall.