Middlesex CC Opens College Garden Plots to Bedford Community Gardeners

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Gardeners in Middlesex Community College’s Community Garden celebrate the start of the summer growing season. MCC has opened up the Bedford campus garden to members of the broader Bedford community. – Courtesy image Ic) 2018 all rights reserved

Submitted by Middlesex Community College

This summer, Middlesex Community College is opening up its Bedford campus Community Garden to gardeners from the broader Bedford community.

MCC’s 5,000-square-foot organic garden has traditionally been open to students, faculty, and staff. This year, a limited number of 2-by-8-foot garden plots will be available to the Bedford community for $25 each. Three community members have signed up for plots, and 12 more plots are still available.

“Bedford’s Community Gardens Task Force has been considering potential expansion sites,” explained Selectman Mike Rosenberg. “As the Board of Selectmen’s representative on the task force, I contacted the college about available land, and the response from Middlesex was swift and affirmative. It was really beyond our wildest dreams!

“Several residents have taken advantage of the immediate availability of plots,” continued Rosenberg. “And the prospect of a longer-term, expanded town/college gardening arrangement is a tremendous positive.”

Established in 2011, MCC’s Community Garden is a collaboration between the Student Sustainability Club and the Sustainability Advisory Committee. For a small fee, gardeners can plant, maintain and harvest their assigned plots. The garden is fenced, and water is provided via an irrigation system and hoses.

Gardeners also are encouraged to assist in the cultivation and harvest of produce in communal “Community Food Bank” plots. In past years, hundreds of pounds of fresh, organic produce have been grown in the communal plots and donated to local food banks.

For questions about MCC’s Community Garden, email: sustainability@middlesex.mass.edu

To apply for a garden plot, click https://docs.google.com/forms/GardenApp

About Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College is your pathway to success. As one of the largest, most comprehensive community colleges in the state, we educate, engage and empower a diverse community of learners. MCC offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, plus hundreds of noncredit courses, on our campuses in Bedford and Lowell, as well as online at www.middlesex.mass.edu/ Middlesex Community College: Student success starts here!


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