AMHERST - A group of community members hopes to have a community garden ready to plant seeds by the middle of May.
The group is looking at doing raised beds instead of just the traditional rows most gardens have, said Dawn Ripley, a nutritionist with Public Health. One-and-a-half acres of land has been cleared out of the three acres donated.
"People want to jump in and do this," Ripley said.
The group is looking for funding from grants and stores in the community. No supplies have been donated yet.
A list of supplies has been written up and will be sent out with a letter to stores and hopefully spark an interest in the community. Items such as organic fertilizers, untreated lumber, screws, nails, hammers, rakes, shovels, tomato cages, and mulch are needed to support the creation of the community garden and make it possible.
The group is hoping to have workshops available to people who want to learn more about the vegetables that will be grown in the garden. Workshops such as cooking with local foods, healthy eating, vegetable consumption and living an active lifestyle are just a few the group hopes to have available to people.
"You're always learning with gardening," Ripley said.
The group hopes to have a coordinator at the garden most days to help people with their plots as needed.
The garden will be wheelchair and stroller accessible, making it easy to get around. It is located close to the high school, Gables Lodge, homes and apartment complexes. The group hopes this will cause people of all ages to become interested in gardening.
The community garden will be a place for first-time as well as experienced gardeners. People who didn't have the option of planting their own garden can now plant seeds and grow the vegetables of their choice. Plots will be available to rent at a minimal fee.
"We haven't fully discussed the pricing factor for renting the plots yet," Ripley said.
The money gathered from cost of renting a plot will help cover some of the costs associated with the garden, such as seeds to plant.
"We want it to be really fun," Ripley said.