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Beginning with the 2010 Pittsfield Master Plan, Pittsfield Township articulated and prioritized the dual needs of providing for: (a) the economic viability of agriculture; and (b) local food access. Since then, Pittsfield Township has fostered a vibrant farmers market along with instituting zoning changes to allow for greater economic success of local agriculture such as vending at annual events and local farm stands. 

The Master Plan also calls for the establishment of community gardens: “These [community] gardens can help educate residents about the importance of local foods, help them make connections with farmers who may participate in these gardening activities, generate a strong sense of community, and provide all Township residents access to fresh, healthy produce.” With the adoption of the 2020 Sustainable Vision Master Plan, a few years ago, Pittsfield Township took the “next step to hard-code sustainability into the DNA of our work processes and products,” and defining establishment of community gardens at our public parks as a priority. 

As a first step toward delivering on this vision, Pittsfield Township is pleased to announce the opening of its first community garden at Prairie Park, located adjacent to the Farmers Market site at the Administration Building. As such, we hope to build synergies between our community gardens and the Farmers Market for the purpose of enhancing local food access. 

“Supporting local agriculture and access to local foods is an integral piece of Pittsfield Township’s 2020 Sustainable Vision. We strive to realize this vision in many ways, including providing for such amenities and features as a farmers market, bee apiary, pollinator gardens, and local farm stands. Now, we are pleased to announce yet another way to keep us moving forward in our efforts to be more sustainable: community gardens. The first community garden is ready to go at Prairie Park and we hope it will be the first of many!” noted Supervisor Mandy Grewal.

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Opening in the spring of 2019 the new community garden at Prairie Park will feature:

  • Nine 10'x4' raised garden beds
  • Three 10'x4' double raised garden beds
  • Three 6'x4' double raised garden beds on an ADA accessible surface
  • Three 4'x4' table height garden beds on an ADA accessible surface
  • Equipment shed
  • Compost bins
  • Water access
  • Rain barrels
  • Native/pollinator garden
  • Picnic area
  • Designated parking
Important Dates to Remember:

February 18th

  • Submit an interest form to be part of the community garden starting on February 18 (plots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis)

March 15th

  • Plot assignments will begin.(interested gardeners will have 1 week to confirm their plot reservation.)

April 22nd

  • First Garden Leadership/Volunteer Meeting

May 16th

  • Second Garden Leadership/Volunteer Meeting

Kick-Off Event & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • Rescheduled to due weather

For more information contact the garden coordinator at .

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