Brookside Community Garden Opening Day Celebration
Southern New Hampshire RC&D, along with the International Institute of New
Hampshire help support the community garden at the Brookside Congregational
Church. The garden doubled its size this week with the help of a team of
oxen from Charmingfare Farm.
The garden has been hosting 10 to
12 families every year since 2004, but will now have twice that number of
gardeners, including long-term gardeners from the Ukraine, Sudan, Somalia, some
new Bhutanese families, as well as American-born gardeners for the first time.
Traditional ethnic crops such as mustards, dry corn, and hot chilies mix with
Yankee favorites such as carrots, tomatoes, and garlic. The Brookside Church has
been very generous in their gift of water for the garden every year, and this
year a new frost-free water line will be installed to both the community garden
and the Compassionate Friends memorial garden.