Windham selectmen show support for community garden plan
During Monday night's meeting of the Windham Board of Selectmen, Community Development Director Laura Scott and University of New Hampshire graduate student Jeffrey Malloy shared plans for the 20-plot garden to be built at 122 North Lowell Road.
Scott said the garden would work well along with the town's other recent community-building endeavor, the Adopt-A-Spot program.
Currently used as grazing space for horses, few changes would need to be made to the spot other than some simple chicken-wire fencing, rain barrels, a few raised garden beds and some composting bins.
Public donations would be used to purchase some simple construction supplies.
"It's a cool idea," Selectmen Al Letizio said, noting that the program reminded him of one his great-grandparents took part in a century ago while living in a Lawrence, Mass., tenement.
Malloy said the goal of the Windham garden isn't the same as goals in urban community gardens, noting that this project "is more focused on bringing the community together in civic engagement."
Selectman Roger Hohenberger noted that the Goffstown community garden, located near the state women's prison, is also in a rural setting and has proven a popular spot with citizens.
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