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South Portland City Council to Vote on Community Garden Lease

South Portland, ME - The South Portland City Council will vote whether to accept a lease agreement between the newly created non-profit, the Community Garden Collective and the City of South Portland for the development of a new community garden on the former Hamlin School property.  The vote is to be held during the Wednesday, April 20, 2011 City Council meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at the South Portland City Hall. 

The proposed community garden is to be located behind the former Hamlin School at 496 Ocean Street.  The garden design has been revised to approximately 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 Community Garden Collective was formed in Summer 2010 in response to the demand in South Portland for community garden space and the lack of city funds and personnel available to expand the existing municipal community garden program.  There are currently 22 individuals on a waiting list for a community garden plot at Hinckley Park, the only community garden currently within South Portland. 

Citizens of South Portland are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting to voice their opinions concerning the proposed community garden project.

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