The Waterford Library’s foray into Community Gardening did spectacularly well last year harvesting 278 LBs of produce from the 2 beds behind the Library and even more when the squash mounds are included.

The Sweden Food Pantry, where the free veggies were distributed, said that the produce went as fast as it came in. People really appreciate fresh vegetables. With that in mind Geraldine O’Donnell, President of the Library Trustees, pursued the idea of assembling garden kits to go.
The Maine Community Foundation agreed with this idea and funded the project with nearly $2000!
The grant paid for the actual wooden kits which were purchased from Red Mill Lumber in Casco. Bags of organic soil to fill the forms were also provided through the grant. Veggies and herb plants were donated by Jane Trail, Kimball’s Greenhouse and from Geraldine’s own garden.
Dan Drew, a local contractor Jane Traill, Bob Spencer and Gerry delivered the kits to those folks picked in a drawing. The drawing was necessary because there was such a huge response to the offering of the garden kits.
The idea of growing your own food has great appeal to folks in our community and extends the whole “One Library doing many things.” The Library Trustees are working hard to build this community effort idea.
The garden behind the Waterford Library is going great guns again this year. There is a critical need for volunteers to help care for the garden. If you are interested please call the library at 583-2050, or come to the library and sign up to help.

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