Join AUNE in Planting the Maplewood Demonstration Garden June 11

Cheshire County has asked Antioch University New England’s (AUNE)  Community Garden Connections (CGC)  to plant and  manage the Maplewood Demonstration Garden in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, as a pilot project for this year’s growing season.

Everyone is invited to a planting celebration from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 11. Staff members from CGC will lead participants in planting winter squash and root crops to extend the fresh produce available to CGC’s partner agencies. They will also talk about volunteer opportunities and education available at the site this summer. Please dress for garden work. No supplies are required, but water bottles, gloves, and small trowels are helpful.

“Our long-term vision is to have this be a model for community-based sustainable agriculture and permaculture design with a strong social justice focus,” said Libby McCann, CGC faculty advisor and core faculty in Department of Environmental Studies. “This pilot has great potential for positive community outreach, good publicity, and enhancing community capacity to grow food, particularly for groups and individuals with less access to fresh, local produce.”

The Maplewood Demonstration Garden is located at the Cheshire County Farm on River Road Westmoreland, near the Maplewood Nursing Home. For more information, contact communitygardens@antioch.edu. Through the summer, weekly “garden parties” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., on Mondays.

CGC partners with social service agencies to support the building of raised garden beds on their sites. Learn more about CGC here and here.