Do you love walking past beautiful vegetable gardens in the neighborhood, decked out with juicy tomatoes and delectable lettuces? Do you wish you could bring some of that garden freshness into your own home? Transition Longfellow, your neighborhood sustainability group, would like to help neighbors jump on the home-grown veggie bandwagon. This fun community activity allows neighbors to meet neighbors while sharing their love for fresh, locally grown food.
Sign Up HERE.
DEADLINE for sign-up: April 30
Transition Longfellow will help you:
- Install a 3’ x 5’ raised bed garden ($65)
- Fill it with soil, compost and mulch
- Connect with a skilled garden mentor (matches made based upon availability)
- Connect with neighbors who are gardening
- Get more seeds and plants through neighbor exchanges
- With classes and activities throughout the growing season
The Gardening Matters Local Food Resource Hub will help you:
- Get seeds and plants to fill your garden bed (f you choose this option)
In exchange, we ask that you:
- Pay for the garden you have chosen
- If you can, participate in “garden mob” event to get new gardens set up. Many hands make light work! Our first Garden Mob event is on May 11 when we help two neighbors set up a mini-CSA garden.
- Display a Chard Your Yard lawn sign by your garden
- Commit to maintaining your garden through the summer and fall
- Share your enthusiasm with your neighbors!
Who Can Participate?
- Any Longfellow resident (if child must have parental permission, if renter, must have landlord permission unless you want to do a container garden)
- Some area on your property that receives at least 4 hours of full or partial sunlight a day (you may need more, depending upon what you want to grow)
- If you do not have a yard but want to do a container garden, sun requirement still applies
- No previous gardening experience necessary
NOTE: If you have physical limitations that would make gardening at ground level difficult, let us know. Our garden advisers may be able to come up with a solution that works for your abilities and your yard.
Already have a garden?
GREAT! Let’s see if we can reduce our garden costs through group buying. Consider sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm and get answers to your garden questions.
We welcome help with garden installations and offering classes and expertise. If you like to get your hands dirty, enjoy working in the warm spring air, meeting enthusiastic and friendly new people (who are your neighbors!), this would be a great way to spend a weekend day in May.
We are particularly looking for garden volunteers to help with:
• Garden installation – putting garden boxes in place, filling boxes
• Garden mentors – past gardening experience
• Garden musicians – hey, what’s a garden mob without music! A tune always makes the work go faster.
• Dinner preparers – the best way to end a work day is a shared meal
• Handy people to help with group building events – basic carpentry skills and knowledge of tools, or knowledge of rain barrel or irrigation systems, willingness to help those who have no experience building