The community garden season ends when Bourne scrambles to buy land from the county

POCASSET – The Valley Farm Thrift Shop art sale started bright, clear and brisk Saturday morning where County Road begins to turn into Cataumet.

The county-owned thrift store on the grounds is in its 14th year, and the ever-growing community garden behind the grounds has provided food pantry items for Friends of Bourne and operates 98 plots on 1.5 acres. for nine years.

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The garden is based on a relationship with the Boerne Society for Historic Preservation and relies on local grants, support from the Boerne Methodist Church and local business donations. It is used by multi-generational and multi-family gardeners.

The origin of the garden is in the old hospital

This spooky Saturday stood guard at the Community Garden on County Road in Pocasset.

The store and garden were part of the Barnstable County Hospital complex, which was demolished in 2002. The garden provides fruits and vegetables to the hospital with tuberculosis patients. Therefore, the tract remains an agricultural operation. But there is a catch.

The thrift store and garden are tenants-at-will of Barnstable County Government.

The county also owns a thrift store and community garden tract, as well as land north of Dr. Julius Kelly Drive, west of County Road to the former county hospital site where Cape Cod Senior Residences is located. . Several properties adjacent to the store and gardens were finalists for a new fire station site.

It is the whole county parcel. About 50 acres.

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