We are encouraged by the movement of community gardens in the Olympic Region, and we are energized that the proposed Lake Placid-North Elba Comprehensive Plan calls for even more.
As part of the goal to "provide healthy options by way of community gardens in residential neighborhoods," the plan calls for the following implementation measures:
-Identify potential garden locations in residential neighborhoods.
Lake Placid Community Garden (Photo — Andy Flynn)
-Explore funding possibilities for GIS mapping of potential locations and establishment of community gardens in residential neighborhoods on village/town lands.
-Develop a local model for sustainable community gardens that combines village land and services with residential needs.
We're anxious to see this happen, and the sooner the plan is adopted by the village and town boards, the sooner work on identifying potential locations for these gardens can commence.
In the meantime, it's time to start planning for the community gardens already established in the towns of North Elba, Jay, Keene and Wilmington.
Officials in the town of Jay recently announced that they are now taking applications for the community garden located on the Grove Road in AuSable Forks. Applications for the 15 individual raised-bed plots in the garden are at town of Jay offices in the Community Center in AuSable Forks. Returning gardeners will be given first priority, and the remaining plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis once a completed application has been turned in to the supervisor's office. There is annual fee of $20 per plot.
Most of the materials and tools for the garden were made available by a Creating Healthy Places grant that the town of Jay received from the Essex County Department of Health. The raised beds were built by the town, and much of the soil preparation was done by town staff, the Community Garden Committee, and other volunteers. For more information, contact Carol at the town of Jay at 518-647-2204.
The Lake Placid Community Garden will have eight plots available this year at its location on the Old Military Road. Contact Mike Farrell at 518-523-9337 for more information.