The Bouvier Community Garden is a place of beauty and rejuvenation for our community. Here we take part in a sustainable community food system, foster environmental education and healthy recreation, and preserve valuable open space for ourselves and our children.
Prompted by a conversation with the Neighborhood Gardens Association, the Newbold Neighbors Clean & Green committee met on Sept. 9, 2008 to take a look at 1348 and 1350 Bouvier Street, two abandoned garden plots owned by NGA. We met for our first work day on November 8, 2008 to pull weeds, trim back overgrowth, and uncover any potential problems that would hamper the land's use for a public garden. In pouring rain, over 10 people turned up, including curious children passing by from the neighborhood. The lot was cleared back and no major problems were discovered. At the next Clean & Green meeting, plans were presented by our members for a tentative layout.
NGA's mission is to ensure the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and open space in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. With the support of NGA, we have entered into a conversation with Council President Anna Verna's office to acquire additional neighboring plots that would allow the garden to encompass a total of 5 city lots.
We've been working with Bennett Compost to create a composting site for their residential composting operations. The owner, Tim Bennett, has constructed two bins and will be providing finished compost to the garden!
Come to the Bouvier Community Garden equipped only with old containers like yogurt cups, plastic soda bottle, milk cartons, etc and we will supply the soil and seeds/starters to plant and watch grow! Perfect gift for any Mother (or anyone else you want to have more plants)!
Also, for anyone who has leftover seeds and is looking for more variety, bring your extras to swap. There's still time to plant, especially for hardy plants that will grow into autumn.
This is a VERY family friendly event, but please feel welcome even if you don't have children.