Community Gardens in Spa City yield widespread involvement – New York News






SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> A widespread effort has been put forth by volunteers and gardeners during the first summer at Pitney Meadows Community Farm’s Community Gardens.

The work began with dozens of volunteers installing 55 garden beds, and it’s continued throughout the summer months.

“Saratoga Bridges they bring groups of six people here sporadically through the week. Different groups, and they tend their own plot but they also harvest vegetables that I’m growing for this purpose, and after those harvest, those are brought to Franklin Community Center,” said garden Director Natalie Walsh. “I mean, how awesome is that?”

Members of the Navy have volunteered weekly, while Saratoga Mentoring and Transitional Service each have a plot.


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“The community has been phenomenal,” said Walsh. “Not only the community of gardeners, but our broader community of Saratoga.”

At the end of June, 26 people planted sunflower seeds for the tallest sunflower contest. Judges will determine the winner Saturday at 223 West Ave.

The sunflower contest is just one of the many events happening Saturday.

Tom Stock began taking photographs of the farm for Bill and Kathy Pitney several years ago. The photographs he took will be on display between 2 and 4 p.m.

“He has a very artistic eye. He particularly likes macro,” said Walsh. “He zooms in particular elements here. His work is great.”

The exhibit also feature paintings and drawings by 25 young artists who participated in art classes offered in the gardens over the summer.

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