Manchester, Connecticut

Spruce Street Community Garden

 

Spruce Street Community Garden
Hey Neighbor! We’re growing. Grow with us.


2018 was our fourth year of growing food and community on Spruce Street!  We have now expanded our number of growing beds to twenty-seven and are at capacity for our space. 

We have also added a corn and sunflower field in our next-door "Market field" to add to our "Urban Agriculture".  This year our corn is  consumer supported agriculture (CSA) with the corn going to the people who helped to tend it.  The stalks and the sunflowers will be sold at our Wednesday "Spurce Street Market Nights" when they are harvested and will benefit the Spruce Street Community Garden.
 

 Volunteer, Donate, Adopt a Plot

 
What does it mean to volunteer?
Help us keep our garden beautiful! We always need people to help at the garden with general maintenance tasks: raking, watering, trash pick-up, and more. We also invite community groups to sign up for single-session garden work days.
 
What does it mean to donate?
The Spruce Street Community Garden wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like you. In addition to monetary donations, we always need gardening tools and supplies, such as:  gloves, plant supports, buckets, and more. Monitory donations are also appreciated; please make checks payable to the Town of Manchester with a memo noting funds should go to the Spruce Street Community Garden. Checks may be sent by mail to the Office of Neighborhoods and Families, 41 Center Street, P.O. Box 191 or dropped off in person at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street.
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What does it mean to adopt a plot?
Plot “rentals” run from March to March and are available at a cost of $25 per year. We grow food 365 days a year, so we are always “open.” Currently, we have twenty-seven 4 x 8 framed raised beds, of various heights, including accessible beds for those with limited mobility, for people to grow their own food all year long. Currently, As of September 10 we have no bed available for adoption. We are currently accepting applications for our wait list for future bed availability. Garlic is planted after the frost, in mid to late October, so it is not too late to start!
 
For more information or to join our waitlist, get in touch with Bettylou Sandy at 860-647-3089 or bsandy@manchesterct.gov. The garden grounds are open to the public to relax in the quiet at our picnic benches (sorry, no dogs). Visit us at: The south lawn of the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street.

Want to learn more about the Spruce Street Community Garden?

 

  • Call or email us to sign up for our gardener update emails and our volunteer newsletters.
  • Come on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7, until October 17, when Bettylou Sandy will be in the Garden to answer any gardening or agricultural questions.
  • Attend a gardening seminar or Learnshop at the garden and classrooms of the Resource Center at 153 Spruce Street, as found in the "Better Manchester Magazine".


For More Information

For more information, contact Garden Coordinator Bettylou Sandy at:

  • bsandy@manchesterct.gov
  • or (860) 647-3089 (8:30 to 4:30. Monday through Friday)


Thank You for Helping Us Grow!

The Spruce Street Community Garden is grateful to the following organizations for their generous support:

The Town of Manchester, Ct.

LifeSong Church
Rebuilding Together
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Chanel 3 Kids Camp Leadership Team
Manchester Youth Service Bureau
And many individuals in the neighborhood and greater community!


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