The greater Portland Maine area is known for its amazing farm-to-table food scene and what could be more farm- (or garden-) to-table than growing your own fruits and vegetables? Now is a great time to start many of your vegetable seeds. The Maine Organic Growers and Farms Association (MOFGA) website has a great basic planting calendar to help get you started, which you can see here: http://www.mofga.org/Publications/ArticlesforReprinting/OrderSeeds/tabid/1056/Default.aspx
But what if you live in a condo or home that doesn’t have enough space or sunlight for a garden? Never fear: Portland and many of the surrounding towns have great community gardens where you can have your own plot. Although there are waitlists at many of the gardens, now is a great time to get on the list to get your very own plot.
Portland Community Gardens – Cultivating Community partners with the City of Portland to manage 11 community gardens throughout the City of Portland. Garden plots cost $40 each year for a single plot (4’ x 15’ or smaller)—good for a couple of starting gardener–, or $60 each year for a double plot (10’ x 15’ or larger). There are waitlists but with new spaces being opened, hopefully the wait won’t be too long. Read more here:
https://www.cultivatingcommunity.org/grow-food-with-us/community-gardens/ or here:
South Portland community gardens – The City of South Portland has two community gardens with 34 plots, offered to the public for $25/year on a first come first served basis. Learn more here:
Cape Elizabeth Community Gardens – Cape Elizabeth has two community gardens: one at The Garden at Gull Crest and the other The Garden at Maxwell’s Farm with a total of 90 plots. Gardeners spend time on their own plots and a few hours on general gardening duties. Vegetables are also grown in several plots for the Maine Harvest for Hunger program. To learn more and get on the waitlist for a plot for the 2018 growing season, see here:
Scarborough community gardens – Partnering with St. Nick’s to help grow fresh food for food insecure families, this collaboration shows what can happen when people work together to help their neighbors. I read that kiddy plots are now available, too!
Westbrook Community Garden – Now is the time to rent a raised bed in Westbrook’s community garden-and it’s not just for Westbrook residents. First-year membership is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents; all renewals are just $20. The fee for additional beds is $15 each. For more information, check out their website at:
Falmouth Community Garden – According to their website, the original vision for this garden was to establish an organic community garden that provided fresh vegetables to people in need. However, anyone in the community can apply for a garden plot. To learn more, see their website at:
Yarmouth Community Garden – According to their website, now is the time to sign up for your own 10’ x 10’ garden plot at the Yarmouth Community Garden on East Main Street. Spring Orientation is Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 7:00 PM in the Yarmouth Town Hall Meeting Room. See their website to learn more: