WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s meeting, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a request from Wilmington Girl Scouts to use town-owned land to plant a community garden.
Girl Scout Troop 62547 will create a community garden near the Town’s Dog Park in the early spring. The garden will consist of two enclosed raised beds. The Scouts will water, harvest and gather all the produce — primarily cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes — which will then be donated to the Wilmington Senior Center and families in need.
According to the proposal, Wilmington’s Community Garden will provide fresh produce to local seniors; assist families with educating their children about fresh healthy foods; encourage community members to learn gardening practices, turn underutilized town land into a beautiful, productive piece space; and promote female empowerment.
The troop hopes to work with other local organizations who may wish to donate funds, time or expertise.
The scouts have already begun fundraising for the cost of the garden, estimated at nearly $800. Material costs include a raised garden bed kit; tent enclosure; weed barrier fabric; bed soil; plant food; vegetable plants; rain barrel; and more.
To make a donation, or to learn more about the project, contact Troop Leader Teresa Hsu-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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