As solar pumps fly through the conch, it takes a village to irrigate a community garden

A new solar-powered pump system has made it easier to irrigate 168 places in the Sikamor community garden.

“We’re glad to see you – yeah!” Alice Nyazahabu, one of the many gardeners who came on Thursday to find seedlings for this year’s crop and learn about the new system, said.

Coming to the United States from Congo seven years ago, Nyazahabu has two locations in the garden and has already pulled hundreds of meters of water. Now the ride is less than 50 feet.

A.D. When the Community Garden at the NHT Campus opened in 2009, horticulturalists would carry buckets of water from nearby Fort Eddie Pond. A.D. A couple of pits were dug in the property in 2015, but gardeners still have to carry water from figs to a 2-acre garden.

“How do we get water so that people don’t carry too many buckets when Kovid speaks?” Dr. Whitney Howard, a member of the Board of Directors of Plymouth State University, said.

“We’ve been thinking about this for two years now,” said Kylie Lusty, a gardener. “Over the years it has been a big question. We have seen people using the cart (to carry water buckets); This is hard on the vehicle! ”

The result is a system that opened a week ago and officially opened on Thursday, thanks to the work of many donors and volunteers. Eight 100-watt solar panels pull the pump out of the wells and send an 800-foot buried irrigation pipe to eight tanks in the backyard. Now no plot is more than 50 feet from the water.

The irrigation system is an upgrade of the community spirit and food to a volunteer facility. More than 100 gardeners take care of the 13- to 26-foot-wide area, most of them Nepali-speaking, although many come from various countries in Central and East Africa. All Concord residents are welcome to apply.

“No one has returned,” Hawart said. “It’s about bringing people together and building relationships.”

“It’s not just a garden, it’s a meeting place. Most people actually live in small apartments, so it is not easy to collect. But here’s the feeling of being in nature. ” “People are grateful not only for being able to produce their own food, but also for the sense of community.”

On Thursday, gardeners received seedlings for this year’s seedlings such as eggplant, tomato and okra, many of which were grown by local gardeners and schools.

The park is located on Fort Edge Road, across from the boat’s starting point and near the football field. Visit for more information.

Concord has a second community garden, Birch Street Community Garden, 13 in front of White Farm.

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