Plots in Community Gardens to Be Offered by Lottery

  NATALIE WALSH ON THE SITE OF THE COMMUNITY GARDENS

NATALIE WALSH ON THE SITE OF THE COMMUNITY GARDENS

Gardeners interested in a plot at the new Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will be selected by lottery on June 7th. 

"There's been strong demand and a lot of interest judging from the applications being downloaded and we believe a lottery is the fairest way to allocate plots," said Garden Director Natalie Walsh.  

All who are interested should apply by Tuesday, June 6. Winners will be informed shortly thereafter. 

“The community gardens will be a place where young and old, gardening novices and master gardeners, can all come together and enjoy growing healthy food,” said Walsh, who will discuss details at a public meeting, Wednesday, May 31 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The meeting will be held in the H. Dutcher Community Room starting at 7 p.m.

Walsh will distribute applications at the meeting. Applications also may be accessed on the Pitney Meadows web site

The Saratoga Springs Planning Board last week gave PMCF the go-ahead to build up to 200 raised beds in its new community gardens. In Pitney Meadows’ first year, the plan is to install 35 raised 4 by 8-foot beds, ten beds that are 24-inches tall for those with limited mobility, and ten 8 x 12-foot in-ground plots. 

“Our gardeners will be able to attend lectures, workshops, and social events,” said Walsh. “We’ll also have a pergola with tables and chairs where gardeners can exchange advice and share garden stories. For children, we’ll offer series of events around a sunflower theme, play areas and a fairy garden that local Girl Scouts are creating.” 

Fees will be set on a sliding scale, ranging from as low as $35 for a 4x8 raised bed to $300 for an 8x12 plot. 

“Any amount over $50 is tax-deductible and will contribute toward the expansion of the garden,” said Walsh. “The more funding we have, the faster we can build more beds.” 

“We hope that some of our supporters who don’t plan to garden themselves will underwrite a plot for those who otherwise could not afford it,” she added.