Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Community GardenThank you supporters of The New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NH SPCA) who helped us reach the 500 “Check in” goal for July! Funds are on their way now to support their efforts throughout the region.

For August we put our efforts behind the Tom Settlemire Community Garden at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. The Community Garden offers a variety of gardening opportunities for the public and has brought together a community of gardeners, both novice and experienced. 73 plots have been leased to plot holders in the first year of operations, which is 100% of available plots. It also features a large “Common Good” bed, where volunteers will grow vegetables for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) and demonstration beds maintained by Master Gardeners.

About Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Community Garden

The Tom Settlemire Community Garden is located on agricultural land at Crystal Spring Farm and is accessible via Maurice Drive, off Baribeau Drive (map and directions). The garden was named in honor of Tom Settlemire, long-time Board Member and Past President of BTLT, in appreciation of his tireless work to advance land conservation and local agriculture in the Mid Coast region.

The garden offers an opportunity for those without access to land to grow their own food, and to prevent hunger by volunteering in the Common Good bed. It has also stimulated new partnerships that led to, among other things, free winter gardening workshops, therapeutic gardening opportunities for seniors and others, and use of youth volunteers. It is a great example of creative collaboration to enrich the community!

The community garden is just one of BTLT’s many uses of Crystal Spring Farm, which include leasing agricultural land to a CSA farmer, hosting a popular Saturday farmers’ market, and providing 5 miles of public trails.

Volunteers at Topsham Community Land Trust Garden

Volunteers working at the “Common Good” bed at the Community Garden. Photo credit: Mark Ireland.

In additional to collecting solar energy and turning it into tasty veggies, gardeners at the community garden will soon be benefiting from active solar electricity: ReVision Energy is working with Tom Settlemire to design and install a solar water pumping station for the community garden. ReVision will be donating labor and providing parts at cost to the community garden, in an effort to help where we can to support local foods and community agriculture.

Time to Check in

Your ‘check in’ this month directly supports the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Community Garden project. Fill in your name in the form below to earn $1 towards our $500 fundraising goal.