Colchester - posted Mar, 27 2013
COLCHESTER- The “Colchester Giving Garden” is a new community volunteer initiative that will grow and deliver local fresh produce to the Colchester Food Bank for the individuals and families in need this year. This initiative is a horticultural partnership between Colchester Social Services and a small group of community-minded volunteer gardeners on the site of the former Green Team intergenerational vegetable garden behind the Colchester Senior Center. The Bacon Academy Board of Trustees, owner of the property, has enthusiastically approved the use of the property for this purpose. At the March 21 Board of Selectmen meeting, approval was given for Colchester Social Services to coordinate actions with the volunteer group in support of this new food bank garden. The first step is to prepare the garden for early Spring crop planting which will begin on Colchester’s Volunteer Spring Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until noon (Rain/Snow date is Saturday, April 13). Volunteers are needed to assist in cutting/pulling weeds, turning over soil, laying mulch paths and possibly planting early crop seeds/seedlings. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Colchester Parks and Recreation for advance sign-up to work at this volunteer site. On April 6, volunteers are asked to come to the Town Green between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. to sign in, sign waiver form, pick up free tee-shirt, and enjoy donated refreshments before the work begins. At 9 a.m. volunteers are to meet behind the Colchester Senior Center at the garden to get the specific work instructions from the volunteer leaders. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening gloves, shovel, rake, clippers, and wear sturdy shoes. All tools should be labeled with name. To become a volunteer in the garden after Spring Clean up Day, contact Colchester Social Services by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-537-7255 for more information. Information about a public orientation meeting will be scheduled in the coming weeks for interested individuals.