This summer, AdkAction and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County will be hosting gardening workshops and educational events at the new Keeseville Community Garden. These events will provide learning opportunities and activities specifically for children, but people of all ages are encouraged and welcome to join in. The community garden is located on Front Street between Adirondack Hardware and Mountain Valley Federal Credit Union. This space is designed to be used as a learning garden with a variety of crops and flowers growing throughout the season.
The first workshop, Know Before You Grow, will take place on May 25th, 2022, at 5pm. It will be centered around the basics of gardening and will provide an opportunity for participants to plant seeds and vegetable starts into the new garden beds. Community gardens benefit the residents of an area because they provide increased access to fresh, healthy food, they bring people together in a positive social environment, and they provide an opportunity for learning. The vision for this space in downtown Keeseville is to turn a once empty plot of land into a vibrant and fruitful area for everyone in the community to utilize and enjoy.
The Keeseville Community Garden is a continuation of AdkAction’s food security work, and will provide free produce to those who can use it. This project is made possible through a generous donation of land use from owner Barbara Davidson, a grant from the Chapel Hill Foundation for garden infrastructure, and funding from CDPHP (Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan) and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield for educational events and maintenance of the garden. Thank you to AdkAction’s 2021 Tom Boothe Intern, Kim Gonzalez, for designing and laying the groundwork for the community garden last summer.
The full schedule of events can be found at www.adkaction.org/garden
For more information, contact Double Up Food Bucks Outreach VISTA Jennifer Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org; (518) 856-3233.
AdkAction is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to create projects that address unmet needs, promote vibrant communities, and preserve the natural beauty of the Adirondacks for all. Learn more at www.AdkAction.org
Cornell Cooperative Extension puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world. Learn more at http://essex.cce.cornell.edu/