Farm offering land for community garden

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WINTHROP — The Winthrop Green Committee will break ground on the Winthrop Community Gardens at Annabessacook Farm at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, as part of its celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The farm in located at 192 Annabessacook Road.

Craig Hickman and Jop Blom, owners of Annabessacook Farm B&B, have made available up to four acres of their land in the open field on Annabessacook Road to the community so residents of Winthrop and surrounding towns can grow their own organic food. Winthrop Community Gardens at Annabessacook Farm will also host a community compost heap and offer gardening and cooking classes to novice gardeners and cooks.

All plots will be grown to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association standards. Plots will be available on a sliding scale up to $40 and can be shared. Anyone without ability to pay can register a plot in exchange for volunteering on the farm.

The dedication will feature a poetry reading, a planting and an edible landscaping presentation with Jenn Currier. Attendees are invited to bring a poem, reading or song to share. If interested, call 377-FARM or e-mail craighickman@rocketmail.com before Tuesday, April 20.

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Individuals or organizations wishing to register for a plot in the community garden should contact Hickman anytime throughout the growing season.

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