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Calling all gardeners!

Do you enjoy gardening? The Berwick Public Library has 7 raised beds - one of which is an herb garden - and we are looking for volunteers to help maintain the gardens and promote some new programs.

Thanks to a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, we are able to provide new soil for all the beds. We are also going to be purchasing some plants for a special vegetable garden, the produce from which will be donated to a local food pantry. Volunteers are needed to help maintain and harvest these plants.

With your help, some other garden related projects and programs this summer could include:

* Members of the public "adopting" a garden bed to maintain on their own or volunteers signing up to jointly plant, tend, and harvest the garden

* Local gardeners sharing their knowledge on topics of their choice through informal workshops - such as organic gardening, composting, or even cooking with fresh vegetables

* Creating a compost area maintained by volunteers

* A seed saving library available at the Berwick Public Library

* Planting permanent fruit trees and bushes

* Beekeeping workshops and onsite beehives

* Other ideas and suggestions are welcome!

Special thanks to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund for their support!

Do you want to get involved? Contact Sharon Kelly at or call 207-698-5737 for more information! Also, be sure to join us on Tuesday, May 9th at 5pm at the library for a special gardeners meeting!

About the New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and sustainable communities using stories, tools, and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund's core grant making program continues to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England's cities and towns. For more information, please visit or call 603-905-9915.

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