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APRIL 29, 2011 South Portland, ME - The South Portland City Council voted to accept a lease agreement between the newly created non-profit, the Community Garden Collective (CGC) and the City of South Portland for the development of a new community garden on the former Hamlin School property.  The vote was held last Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Helen Slocum, Vice President, stated  “the CGC is ecstatic with the outcome of the vote and we wish to thank the City Council and City Manager for their efforts in getting the lease agreement in place.  We are thrilled with the support we have received from the community thus far and wish to acknowledge everyone who spoke on the project’s behalf.  We are especially grateful to the South Portland Land Trust for the support the organization has shown thus far and for agreeing to be the CGC’s fiscal sponsor until our non-profit tax status has been achieved.”   Ms. Slocum went on to state that the new garden already has 74 Facebook fans and approximately 18 families have already contacted the CGC to join the waiting list for a plot.

The community garden is to be located behind the former Hamlin School at 496 Ocean Street and will be opening in the spring of 2012.  The garden design includes 39 garden plots located within a fenced area.  Three plots will be set aside for the Plant-A-Row for the Hungry, an outreach program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, and one plot will be reserved for use as a Children’s Garden.  The plots will consist of raised beds and all gardeners will be required to use organic gardening techniques – no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or fungicides will be allowed. 

The CGC will now begin fundraising to cover the costs of garden construction, estimated to be upwards of $24,000.  Individuals and businesses with an interest in the former Hamlin School community garden or the CGC are encouraged to visit our Facebook page (Community Garden Collective) or email the CGC board at  A website for the CGC is also currently under construction.

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