During 2020 the District helped to create a new community garden in Belfast, which is designed to be an educational demonstration as well as an accessible place for local folks to grow and share food. Waldo SWCD was approached by several community members who wanted to do a community garden, and was able to assist them in securing a site and doing a thorough assessment of the soil at the garden location. We also provided a design for the garden, which includes the first pollinator planting demonstration in our area! Stop by and see the garden at the corner of Main St. and Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast.
Mission Statement for the Community Garden
The Wales Park Community Garden’s mission is to improve food security at the community level and support a healthy lifestyle by providing garden plots to be used by residents of Belfast to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The Wales Park Community Garden is a collaborative effort of the City of Belfast, non-profit organizations, and members of the community. Together we will offer opportunities to learn sustainable gardening skills, share gardening knowledge and experience, and foster a sense of community in a safe and supportive place.
Description & Current Status
The community garden is located on the north side of Wales Park. It currently has 10 planting beds, including a handicap-accessible bed and an L-shaped pollinator garden border. A steering committee of volunteers, working with the Parks Commission and the Belfast Parks & Recreation Dept, is developing the garden. The garden plots have recently been established and, for the rest of the 2020 growing season, a small group of “test gardeners” is pilot gardening at the site.
We plan to open the community garden formally for the 2021 growing season. Before opening, a permanent seasonal water service will be installed. A GoFundMe effort has successfully raised the funds needed to complete that task and we thank everyone who donated. We sincerely thank Whitecap Builders, which has graciously offered to build a split-rail fence along the perimeter of the pollinator garden and a small shed behind the garden that will be used to store tools and provide a place to post information and guidance. Lastly, we need to formalize garden rules and guidelines, procedures for allocating plots, and a gardener volunteer schedule. We expect that gardeners will pay a nominal fee for a plot and be asked to contribute a few hours of work per season to help maintain the garden.
Please visit the Garden’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
Applications for garden plots in the Wales Park Community Garden will be available in early spring 2021. Space will be limited. In the meantime, if you’re interested in receiving updates about the application process for a plot at the Wales Park Community Garden, please fill out the form at the link below. Please note that submitting your contact information does not in any way guarantee a plot, only that you will be notified when the application becomes available. Thank you for your interest!