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Looking to Spring and the Promise of a Garden

Plan are in the works for a community vegetable garden to be built behind the new home of Parks and Recreation at 380 Bay Ave.

While winter’s chill will soon be upon us; there is a group of local residents planning for spring and summer. If you have not already heard, plans are underway for a community vegetable garden.

It was over five years ago when Trustee Hilton and I stood behind the Winona Hotel on Bay Ave (soon to become the home of the Village Parks and Recreation Department) and said to ourselves, wouldn’t this be a great spot for a community vegetable garden? Well, it does seem that the stars have aligned and the long hoped for garden will become a reality this spring.

We were recently approached by village resident Michael West; he inquired as to whether we had ever considered a community vegetable garden? When we replied yes in fact we had, he kindly offered to head up the project.

Through his contact with the local Cornell Co-operative Extension staff we have learned that indeed there is grant money available. They even have a garden educator on staff!  

A commitment of support has been secured from them for both monetary and planning assistance. The Co-operative Extension has partnered on a number of gardens; most recently in downtown Riverhead. Our garden would be the first for them in the Town of Brookhaven.

The Patchogue Community Garden is seeking interested residents who would like to participate and help us plan, build, plant and maintain an abundant garden. With an initial 20-30 raised beds this will be a place where apartment dwellers and others can reap the fruits and vegetables of their labors!

If you are interested in more information and to be kept abreast of our progress please email Michael West at patcomgarden@gmail.com or check us out at Patchogue Community Garden on Facebook.

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jinxed December 08, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Susan, tone down the anger!! We're talking about a GARDEN not a halfway house!! Oh that's right it already WAS a halfway house...and if I'm not mistaken, there was, at that time a "Susan Cosgrove" who was all in favor of getting rid of the halfway house and making it into a community center...but perhaps that was a different "Susan Cosgrove". I'm all for the garden as are my friends who live in the village. How many villages/towns do you know of that provide something like this for their residents? Thank you Ms. Devlin and Mr. West for bringing this to our village. I'm sure it will be a great success.
Fred Stewart December 08, 2011 at 04:19 PM
People pay a lot of money to join the Brookhaven Hamlet organic garden... how can bringing local, fresh produce to the village be a bad thing?!?!
Fred Diekmann December 08, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Anything can be a bad thing in the eyes of some.
Kat Sheff December 09, 2011 at 09:21 PM
I grew up in patchogue and love to see the development of wonderful community resources such as this. I now live in maryland where there are community gardens spread around the area. I'm telling you, people will drive great distances to grow their own vegetables. There's a waitlist every year!
Susan Greco December 10, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Having lived not far from the Winona all of my life, including two years on the same street, I was extremely happy to hear the village was going to restore this beautiful old building....and felt it was a great use of my tax dollars at that time. The building looks beautiful and a community garden is a wonderful thing. It amazes me the things that people will criticize on here.

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