NORWAY — A planting day will be held on Sunday, June 6, at the Alan Day Community Garden. The morning will begin at 9 a.m. at the garden site on Whitman Street. Planting will be the focus, but there will be other jobs to do as well, including spreading chips and clearing brush. Anyone who is interested may participate.

The goal of the community garden is to grow food, but also to educate and demonstrate different methods for gardeners. The project strives to use organic, sustainable methods to support an enduring local food system. So far, the work has been organized into five work groups: water catchment, signage, outreach, design and soil and composting.

The signage group, using a design by Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School senior Megan Anthony, created a logo that appears on the new sign at the garden entrance. The water catchment group is already collecting water in eight new barrels and gutters. The design group has planned areas and overseen over 20 raised beds in donated frames. The compost and soil group has a compost area set up and is accepting compostable materials to build soil along with many yards of donated loam. The outreach group has built a free website (alandaygarden.wordpress.com/) and offers a monthly newsletter.

Donations are also being accepted to cover expenses. Three supporters have offered the garden a $7,500 match challenge. Donations can be made by check to Alan Day Community Garden and sent in care of Ken Morse, Healthy Oxford Hills, 181 Main St., Norway, ME 04268. The garden will also accept donations of new or gently used rakes, shovels, hoes, manure forks, wheelbarrows, pruning sheets, scythes, saws, baskets, garden hoses and gardening books of all kinds.

Rocky Crockett, the new garden coordinator, welcomes visitors and volunteers to the garden from 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday and from 9 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Crockett is available at 717-497-0625.

Individuals, families or groups are welcome to organize projects to support the community effort. Carl Constanzi and his students at Ganderia Middle School are researching plans for a composting toilet. They also are fundraising to help pay for the project by running a car wash on Saturday, June 12, at Crazy Eights parking lot in South Paris.


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