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2016 Community Gardens

 

Use these descriptions to find information about some of Fall River's community garden projects. If you know of a garden in the City of Fall River that is not listed, please contact the webmaster at drweed@cox.net

Seventh Street Community Garden

Rotary Community Garden at BCC

Greater Fall River Re-Creation Executive Director Grace Gerling is working with neighborhood association members, her own Youth Outreach Team and YouthBuild Fall River to operate a community garden in the space on Seventh Street near Bedford Street that the City turned over to her organization. Volunteers from the Bank Street, Niagara and  Father Kelly Neighborhood Associations are working to raise vegetables and to use the space as a teaching environment for children and others to learn how to garden. Contact Grace Gerling at 508-679-0922. Kevin McNally and several other members of The Fall River Rotary have organized a community garden on the grounds of Bristol Community College's (BCC) for the past five years to give local residents a chance to raise their own produce. Plots have been reserved for $25 each on a space-available basis. There are common workdays to help maintain the garden and the The Rotary Club will be providing seeds throughout the season. Contact Kevin McNally at 781-930-3199 or by email on the Community Garden website, www.rotarygarden.org,
 Bishop Eid Apartments Community Garden Cottell Heights Apartments Community Garden

Residents of the Chor Bishop Eid Housing Complex on Quequechan Street in the Flint are enjoying the first harvest of vegetables from their community garden that is growing near the 54-unit apartment building The garden has been constructed with donations of wood, soil, compost and seeds from the Housing Authority, Partners for a Healthier Community, and help of now State Representative Carole Fiola and her husband. Resident Katie Goldman oversees the garden while others work and harvest the vegetables that they have grown and share them with other residents. For more information, contact Katie Goldman at 508-739-3391.  Thanks to a project initiated by Mass in Motion Fall River Coordinator Julie Kelly and Master Gardener instructor Lydia Silva from UMass-Dartmouth, residents now have an opportunity to grow their own vegetables in plots constructed on the property by YouthBuild with the assistance of the Fall River Housing Authority. Now that the garden is producing more than the gardeners can consume, they each give vegetables away to the other residents. In a few years, some of the blueberry bushes and fruit trees planted as part of the project will also be producing good food at no cost to the residents. Comtact Julie Kelly at 508-324-2405
 Harvest Community Garden Holmes Apartments Community Garden
The Harvest Community Garden is back for a second year behind Bay View Retirement Home on North Main Street. Organized by Kayla Aguiar and her mother, Maria Ferreira, she and a small number of volunteers have worked to keep the garden growing using hay bales to provide an organic base above the rocky and clay soil and to keep weeds down. Half of the produce is donated to Bay View and The Home and the other half goes to area soup kitchens and food pantries. For more information, contact Kayla at 508-333-9701 or Maria at 508-215-9081. Residents of the Holmes Apartments on Essex Street in the City's North End can enjoy growing vegetables raised right outside their door. Clerk Angel Medeiros worked with the Fall River Housing Authority maintenance crew to construct two raised beds on the east side of the nine-story, 100 unit building and purchased some plants using petty cash. Produce from the garden is given  to residents on a first-come basis. For more information, contact Family and Youth Services Coordinator   Joseph DaSilva at 508-675-3500  
Saint Anne's Hospital Therapeutic Garden

A small garden bed has been installed in a grassy area next to Saint Anne’s Hospital where children and their caregivers can connect by planting, tending and harvesting their own vegetables. Children with a history of trauma can engage in a calming experience that helps them gain from tending small shoots that grow into sturdy and productive plants. For more information, contact Jennifer Salem-Russo at 508-674-5600, Ext 2283.

 

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