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WHAT ARE TEACHING GARDENS?
Growing Places’ Teaching Gardens are fun, hands-on, season-long beginner gardening courses for anyone interested in learning how to grow, harvest and use their own fresh produce.
Throughout a Teaching Garden season (late April – October), you’ll care for a garden plot in one of our four locations, each within an established community garden in Leominster, Fitchburg or Clinton. You’ll gather with other Teaching Gardeners for group lessons at your site led by our experienced, patient and friendly volunteer teachers. These lessons will alternate between general gardening classes and garden-to-table cooking classes.
Our flexible schedule of weeknight and weekend class times and our small class sizes of up to 10 households per class ensure that everyone has the opportunity to ask questions and connect with other gardeners in their community.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Our program is targeted to beginner gardeners – people who are passionate about good food and want to learn the basics of how to plant, cultivate, harvest, and cook fresh vegetables in a fun and supportive learning environment. We encourage families to garden together in our program and allow children ages 12 and up to join in during Teaching Garden lessons. Priority is given to income-qualified households in the Leominster, Fitchburg and Clinton region, but applicants outside this area or with incomes that fall above the income-qualifications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
LOCATIONS AND LESSON SCHEDULE
Weeknight and weekend Teaching Garden courses are held within the following community garden locations:
Pierce Meadow Community Garden, Leominster | Sundays
Cleghorn Community Garden, Fitchburg | Saturdays
Sundial Community Garden, Fitchburg | Saturdays
Maybarton Community Garden, Clinton | Mondays
IS THERE A FEE?
Income-qualified participants are asked to make a suggested contribution based on their income ranging from $25 to $75. (No one is turned away for inability to make a contribution.) If your income falls above our limits, you will be required to pay a fee of $150 or $250, depending on your income.
Please refer to our fee scale for details.
TEACHING GARDEN BENEFITS
When you garden with Growing Places in a Teaching Garden, you’ll you’ll get all the gardening knowledge on planning, planting, maintenance, organic pest and disease management, harvesting, and healthy food preparation we have to give, along with all the fresh produce from your plot.
When you graduate from our program, you’ll also be eligible for Growing Places’ support in establishing a home, community or container garden of your own!
And while we know you’ll experience a newfound confidence in your ability to care for your garden on your own, Growing Places is always available to provide ongoing technical support to all our gardeners.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (978) 598-3723 ext. 804