The group hopes to create a community garden in Warren on ‘land for good use’

Warren: These are some of the reasons why a group of residents wanted to create a community garden in the city to share, grow, learn, and meet.

The team is Warren Community Paradise @Wasley Farm with four women – Kathy Newton, Kathy Ingle-Dulak, Natalie Broadhead and Elizabeth Chandler – who want to create their garden on Wasley Farm property.

The 100-hectare farm on Cornwall Road was purchased by the city 10 years ago, and is now open.

The land in question is in three different packages, which are rented out by residents and divided into small areas where they can grow their own garden. It also has a large garden area where all the produce will be donated.


The garden will be cared for and supported by volunteers. If the green light is provided, the team will need donations of materials and funds, including funds for the purchase of raised beds, water barrels and other farm and garden equipment.

At a recent city meeting, a paper election, the Community Garden received a majority of 68-27 votes.

The team plans to visit the city at the next Selectmen Board meeting for Warren Land Trust, the sponsor of the three land units.

The date of the meeting will not be announced yet. Once upon a time, it was on the city’s website warrenct.org.

“Our plan is to complete the garden preparation to begin planting in the spring of 2022,” said Ingle-Dulak.

The idea

In developing a community garden idea, the team looks at community gardens in neighboring cities.

“We started with the Judy Gardens in Washington, D.C., and established branches at the Lichfield Community Garden, Goshen Garden and Kent Community Gardens,” Newton said. “There’s a lot of help out there and a lot of joy and love about community gardens.”

Wasley Farm was chosen as a community garden because the late Barbara Wasley was a “driving force” and was involved in many of the city’s efforts, according to Ingle-Dulak.

Information was collected from residents during the summer on the potential use of Wasley Farm property. Out of 102 respondents, about 80 want the property to remain city-owned by combining multiple uses such as recreation, agriculture, open space and community gardens.

The garden will be open and accessible at any time, to accommodate people’s programs. Team members, from children to the elderly, look forward to receiving help from everyone.

The group shows a variety of foods grown in the community garden.

“Squids are popular, with a small amount of corn. They provide almost all of the tomatoes and beans, just like the salads of the early days,” said Ingle-Dulak. There is a real potential for that area to grow vegetables such as strawberries or melons or cantalops as well as root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beans, garlic and onions.

Engle-Dulak, who coordinates a network of community gardens around the state, said the provision of free beds outside the garden fence would help address this concern.

‘Meeting Place’

Broadhead said the community could now benefit from the community garden more than ever before.

“Since the outbreak, many people have been working from home and isolating themselves,” she said.

Broadhead, who has lived in Warren for 20 years, said: “Look, in a rural town like Warren where we don’t have a meeting place, this could be a place for anyone to go – at any age.

She said there has been a lot of interest and support for anyone, including new families in the city, since the community garden idea was made public.

“A lot of people have come to us saying they know nothing about gardening and want to learn,” Broadhead said.

Chandler, vice president of Warren Land Trust, said Land Trust is often seen as a force to be reckoned with. . ”

Supporting community gardening in the city is not an option for Landman because there is nothing more beautiful than a community garden. Land Trust will do its best to support the garden and make it a success.

With the approval of the Electoral Board, team members hope to enter the property soon to discuss the soil by discussing the size of the garden and measuring the area.

In addition, they hope to gather a list of people who are interested in conspiracy, and hold community forums to provide more information on details.

Broadhead said, “Finally, we want to provide gardening lessons and get help from the main gardener.”

According to Newton, the team will have a waiting list for beds and hope to expand the garden in the future.

“This project uses land that is screaming for the best use of the community,” Broadhead said.

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