2016 Plot Registration Opens April 4
New gardener registration is first come, first serve and requires plot confirmation from garden administrator. Returning gardeners have permission to renew same plot. Please bring completed application/waiver and fees to the Town Clerk's Office.
Interested in joining the Community Gardens, or helping out with this year's plantings? Please contact the garden coordinator for a list of opportunities. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome.
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map), just north of the HK Middle School. The 132-acre town-owned property is open to the public for passive recreation. The 19th century farmhouse as well as most the out buildings are not open at this time. The stone barn is available for garden storage.The Killingworth Community Gardens' mission is to provide residents with an opportunity to come together for the purpose of food production, environmental education and to encourage multi-generational gatherings. Individuals and groups at all levels of gardening expertise are welcome. Planning for the gardens started in early summer 2007. They opened in the spring of 2008 and with growing interest expanded in 2009 and then again in 2010. Guided tours are available by appointment. The gardens are located at Parmelee Farm, 465 Route 81 (
The Community Gardens are administered by the Parmelee Farm Steering Committee. The PFSC meets once a month at the Town Office building at 323 Route 81. Visit www.ParmeleeFarm.org for more information about the property.
A New Initiative Grows at Parmelee Farm
The Community Gardens has decided to expand its mission to include a 'Shared Harvest Garden', in addition to the individual plots available for registration. The goal is to enlighten and expose residents to the world of fresh produce and gardening without the long-term commitment of registering a plot. For those who want their own plot, they will still be available.
The Shared Harvest Garden is a community volunteer maintained garden that educates on the benefits of fresh food choices with a goal of providing free seasonal produce for members of our community. The garden will be located in the large rear field of the Community Gardens. The plan is to plant common crops that families will know and a few crops that will expand the vegetable choices on our tables. And, yes the plan is to give the produce away. One day a week from late June to early October, we will set up a stand to distribute produce, free of charge, to individuals and families that stop by the Farm. Preparation advice and recipes will be available too. Everyone is welcome.
How will this work? Every week starting in the spring, volunteer leaders will plan the tasks needed and be available to teach, organize and execute them with drop-in help from youth, teens and adults from the community. A weekly email blast and set volunteer hours will keep everyone on the same page. Organizers hope individuals, families and community organizations will come out for this great cause and offer their time and expertise to the effort. No matter what your gardening skill level, your help is welcome and needed: soil preparation, planting, watering, composting, weeding, pest control, harvesting or fence maintenance. To inquire about leadership roles or to get on the contact list, email Mary at email@example.com. For more information on the project, the community gardens or Parmelee Farm, contact Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org.