The Barrington Community Garden is getting ready for its third year.
In 2014, it got its start with a grant from the New Hampshire Master Gardener Association, which paid for the construction of the original twelve raised beds.
Gregg Bolton, the owner of Calef’s Country Store offered the use of a large, sunny piece of land behind the store for a community garden. He also agreed to provide water and a storage shed.
Connie Rhonda, who became the garden steward, posted signs and contacted people throughout the community. All twelve beds were spoken for. One bed was set aside to grow for the Barrington Food Pantry with contributions being made every week throughout the growing season.
Although Barrington is a community where most people have yards, there are still people who wanted to garden at this site. Reasons given have been lack of sunlight or poor soil at home, and the desire to garden in the company of other people.
As a Master Gardener, I helped with organizing, fund raising and providing assistance to less experienced gardeners. In addition, I gave educational presentations on the use of fertilizer, pesticides, and on bringing beneficial creatures into the garden. David O’Connor (Dr. Tomato) gave an excellent workshop on soil building.
The garden hosted a presentation by Seacoast Beekeepers which was open to the public, and they also had a harvest pot-luck supper.
The garden continued into the second year and expanded to sixteen beds, which is the maximum the site will support.
In the third year, the focus so far has been on upgrading the soaker hose system, repairing the gate which leads into the garden, and setting up and operating a compost system.
Many of the gardeners have returned. The garden continues to operate in a spirit of cooperation with everyone working together. All sixteen beds are subscribed and the garden has returned to dedicating one bed to growing for the Food Pantry.
Submitted by: Tina B., MG since 2009