Calling all gardeners for community project

PAUL BILODEAU/File photoThe community garden at Broadview Farm is planning its spring season and invites gardeners interested in plotting and planting their own space to sign up. The garden is located at the town conservation land off Young Road and is sponsored by the Conservation Commission.

DERRY — It's time to start thinking about spring gardening.

Anyone wanting to get involved in the annual community garden project at Broadview Farm can now secure a 10-foot by 20-foot plot to plant and care for all season.

The annual garden project has been held for about 10 years, under the guidance of the town and its conservation group.

People who may not have the perfect spot for their own home garden are invited to come out to the 78-acre conservation space off Young Road to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables.

The garden land will be tilled and ready for planting in May.

Those who take on their own gardening space can plant and care for the garden all season long. Space is on a first come, first served basis.

Besides growing produce, gardeners can also share their own tips and stories with fellow gardeners at the site.

Gardeners can install fencing around their plots to help ward off the nearby wildlife and also utilize a well with hand pump for watering plants.

Gardeners are also asked not to use any synthetic pesticides or herbicides as a way to keep the gardens as organic as possible so as not to harm pollinating insects.

The community garden offers a compost bin for gardeners to use and by season's end, normally in November, those using the space are asked to remove all fencing, stakes, labels, tomato cages or plastic materials used for mulching or paths.

Anyone wanting to secure a garden space or needs information on the Broadview Farm community garden can email to, can call Will Lowenthal at 978-239-8025 or visit the town site for information at

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