On Sunday, May 31st, Scarborough Community Garden held a ribbon-cutting and open house. St. Nicholas Episcopal Church’s Vicar, the Rev. David S. Heald, offered a blessing and dedication. The new garden will address hunger in the community by growing nourishing vegetables for neighbors who struggle to put healthy food on the table.
Funded in part by a New Initiatives Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, organizers broke ground in the Fall of 2014, and began planting this Spring on Route 1 in Scarborough at a site provided by St. Nicholas.
Although galvanized by St. Nicholas’ members’ energy, the project was initiated through community-wide discussions and has a large network of partnering groups, volunteers, and supporters beyond the parish. Some of the partners and supporters of the collaborative community effort include: St. Maximilian-Kolbe Church, Scarborough Garden Club, Scarborough Food Pantry, 1st Congregational Church of Scarborough, Scarborough Rotary Club, Project GRACE, Cumberland County Master Gardeners, and Kitchen Gardeners International. Learn more about the garden and its supporters at http://scarboroughcommunitygarden.weebly.com/about.html
Photos courtesy of Tim Byrne Photography