The idea of a community garden involves people of the community coming together, forming a committee, acquiring a small piece of land, and then gardening that piece of land; during the seasons they share the vegetables!
Thanks to Shane Brennan for the following… Any interested people should comment below and we’ll get back to you with further details (your email will remain hidden from public view).
The people get together maybe once a week for two hours and work on the plot, at half time they break for tea. There is a tool shed on the site. The group is formed by advertising in the early spring.
This is the basic idea, it is currently very popular in the states, Obama has a web site about it, and the Green party promote the idea in Ireland.
A community garden could be used by youth groups, senior citizens and other community groups. Primary and secondary schools could put the garden to excellent use from simple agricultural projects to biology and business classes.
The garden could also house several projects:
- it could have a small solar panel.
- it could have a home-made wind generator
- it could use biomass.
- it could be the center for recycling would revolve around a compost heap (There are different designs and methods of varying sophistication)
All these project are possible with students of the local school. Even Graffiti art on the wall to bring some more colour to the garden.
Other ideas that could be both school related or for the main core group would be:
- A permaculture section (or other growing methods section, the garden doesn’t neccesarily have to be organic)
- Shrubs, Fruit bushes, trees and flowers.
- A community area to relax in.
And of course having a garden in Kilcock could pave the way for a farmers market for the town.
What I need to know is who would be interested in this project? I think it would be an invaluable asset to Kilcock that would work in many different ways to bring the community together… and also provide good food!