Snow may still be in the forecast, but local volunteers are turning soil, planting seed and looking forward to a bountiful spring harvest. It is all thanks to a new greenhouse at Helfand Farm Community Gardens. The greenhouse is a first for the group, which is now beginning its 6th year in operation.
The public is welcome to visit the greenhouse at the March 17th grand opening. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, visitors will have a chance to talk to the volunteers behind the project, which will grow food for area soup kitchens, plus raise plants for the group’s annual plant sale fundraiser. South Coast gardeners are also invited to bring extra flower and vegetable seed to exchange at the community garden’s annual seed swap.
The project is funded by the Gardens and by a $2,500 grant from the United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mini-Grants Program. The 26’x48’ greenhouse will compliment the already existing Soup Kitchen Garden, which produced over 600 lbs of vegetables for soup kitchens in New Bedford and Fall River in 2017.
The greenhouse will give volunteers an opportunity to give back to their community, while learning how to grow organic vegetables. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact the group at helfandgardens.com
The Community Gardens is an independent 501c3 nonprofit, located on USDA Prime Farmland, provided by the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT). The Gardens is located adjacent to the DNRT offices, at 318 Chase Road. In addition to growing food for the hungry, the group rents garden plots to individuals, families or organizations to grow their own food. In 2017 82 garden plots were used by gardeners from around the South Coast. The group also offers free gardening workshops to the public.