Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) has chosen four new sites for community gardens in 2012. These groups will have community garden projects in the coming year:
- Keene Family YMCA and the Kids InSHAPE program through Monadnock Family Services
- Building Bridges Clubhouse, a program of Keene Housing Authority
- The Woodward Home
- Keene Senior Center
KCGC will hold three meetings next spring before actual work on the gardens begins. The workshops will help the participants, most of whom have not gardened before, envision their gardens, and then learn the skills to build and maintain them. The workshops also give people a chance to collaborate.
“There is a lot of sharing, collaboration, and learning that needs to happen before a garden can be built,” said Anna Cynar, CGC coordinator and environmental studies student at AUNE. “Garden projects can quickly be abandoned unless the projects address deep change from a personal level to a community level. At times this can be really challenging but it’s also incredibly transformative.”
The new sites bring the number of community gardens in Keene to six. During the last growing season, CGC partnered with Harper Acres on Castle Street and the Keene Recreation Center on Washington Street to develop the first two garden sites.
Keene CGC is a project of the Antioch University New England’s Department of Environmental Studies. Its purpose is to build Keene’s local capacity to grow food and address issues of food insecurity related to climate change, personal and communal health, and resiliency. With the help of a private donation from the Rashti Foundation, CGC supports the installation and cooperative maintenance of raised-bed gardens, in partnership with local service agencies, community members, students, staff, and faculty.
Find more information on Keene Community Garden Connections.
Contact CGC for more information at [email protected]
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