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May 5, 2014

City Community Garden setting up new site

PLATTSBURGH — After experiencing five successful seasons in the north part of the city, Plattsburgh Community Garden will also feature a site in the south end this year.

“We want to provide an opportunity for more people to get involved, and this will be great for people in this end of town,” Community Garden Chairperson Doug Butdorf said.

FREE USE OF LAND

The new garden site will be on a section of land behind the offices for Plattsburgh Housing Authority on South Catherine Street, just south of South Acres Park.

The Housing Authority is offering use of the land at no charge to the garden group.

The garden will feature 12 raised-bed plots that are 12 feet long by 4 feet wide and two elevated plots that are wheelchair accessible.

Plots can be obtained for a $25 fee and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We know we have at least four spots still available, and we are confident they will be filled,” Butdorf said.

If there are more requests than plots, a waiting list will be established. 

SIXTH YEAR

The first Community Garden was established at Bailey Avenue Park six years ago in the north end of the city and has proven to be a success, Butdorf said.

That site has 60 plots that have been full each year.

Members grow produce that they use for personal consumption or donate to area food shelves and community groups.

HELP OFFERED

Construction of the new site in the south end will be aided by help from CV-TEC, which is building a shed for storage, and by the Advocacy and Resource Center, Sunrise Rotary and Hilltop Custom Landscape and Design.

Butdorf said the initial startup includes installing a water source, power supply and adding the proper nutrients to the soil.

“Once we get the startups done, over time we will become completely self-sufficient,” he said.

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