Garden FAQ

Hamilton-Wenham GREEN
Community Garden FAQ

How will the Community Garden work?
The community garden has over 40 raised beds, each 12 ft x 4ft. along with wood chip paths, multiple hoses, a compost pile, a shared tool shed, a picnic table, and a fence for deer. Individuals or families will be assigned to individual garden plots. You get to decide what to plant, and you do all the seeding, weeding, watering, and harvesting.

Where is it located?
The Community Garden is located next to Pingree Park, off of Porter Street in Hamilton. It is in close proximity to Hamilton Wenham library. For those needing to drive, you can park in the dirt parking lot next to the Pingree Tennis courts.

What are the benefits of a Community Garden?
The definition from the American Community Gardening Association is “any piece of land gardened by a group of people.” Benefits of a community garden include:
  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for inter-generational and cross-cultural connections
From the American Community Gardening Association (www.communitygarden.org)

How do I reserve a garden plot?
There is online / electronic registration of garden plots on the Community Garden page.   Hamilton-Wenham residents will have the first shot at reserving a space in the garden; nonresidents will be accepted if space is available, and only on a year-to-year basis. Garden plots need to be reserved in advance. Application and annual fee need to be sent in by the Commitment Date.  


Can I reserve more than one garden plot?
Maybe, it depends on availability.  Secondary plots may be available after all registered gardeners have been assigned and there are remaining ones. 


How much does it cost?  
$50 per plot per year


How much space will I get?
Gardens measure 4 feet by 12 feet.  


What is the connection with the Accord Food Pantry in Hamilton?
We encourage gardeners to donate produce to the Food Pantry.  If you would like extra space to grow produce for the food pantry, we have several beds available free of charge for that purpose.  


What supplies are available for community use?
Woodchip paths, multiple hoses, a compost pile, a shared tool shed, a picnic table, a fence for deer.


Will people be available to help?
One of the many benefits of a community garden is the opportunity it creates to work together with fellow gardeners. As such, there will likely be people willing to to share advice and lend assistance as needed.


Who will water it?
You are responsible for watering your own garden plot. Keep in mind that the Town of Hamilton regulates water use in the warmer summer months. Also, feel free to make personal arrangements to share watering responsibility with fellow gardeners.


Are there rules?
We have established rules and a management structure. You will be asked to sign an agreement including these rules as part of your registration.   They are available online.


Where do I park?
We encourage you to walk or ride bikes if you live nearby. For those needing to drive, you can park in the dirt parking lot next to the Pingree Tennis courts.


Are there ways I can volunteer?
Volunteers are always needed to help organize and work on the garden. We anticipate there will be community garden work days each year. If you are willing to be a part of the garden leadership committee, please contact us.
  
Who do I contact with questions?
Tasha Molnar, Garden Coordinator (tashamolnar "at" me "dot" com)
or Fred Mills, co-Garden Coordinator (fmills1 "at" hotmail "dot" com)

Are there ways I can contribute?
Yes!  Please contact Tasha (tashamolnar "at" me "dot" com) if you would like to help us with a gift of money, materials, labor or in-kind services.