Young Community Organic Oasis in Bloomfield – August 8, 2015

DSCN2136At Lisa Lane Community Gardens, the garden season is in full swing. Dedicated neighbors are seen harvesting vegetables despite the weather and condition challenges. Since the first Gardeners Meeting held on June 17, Doris Johnson and Vikki Reski watered and harvested the plants installed by high school students. This season’s harvest was donated to social services and Foodshare. Henry Bell and Sten Casperson maintained the grass around the gardens. The Bloomfield Fire Department provided critical weekly water runs.

The community built the gardens with the help of special partnerships that began back in February at the Leisure Services Office in Bloomfield. Construction funds and support came from the Town of Bloomfield, CT DEEP Environmental Justice Program, Wintonbury Land Trust, UConn Master Gardeners, Auer Farm Garden Foodshare Program, neighborhood representatives, Greens Farm at Lisa Lane, Ironwood Community Partners and the High School VoAg students at the Harris Agricultural Center. Auer Farm and the Agricultural Program at the Harris Center gave plants to the project.

The local businesses that supported the Lisa Lane Community are Bloomfield Home Depot, Starbucks, Harvest-Green Cycle and Envirocycle, LLC. Their early participation was essential for the success of the gardens. The gardeners look forward to future infrastructure changes such as consistent on-site water, additional planting beds, mulch for winter bed prep and a garden shed for tool storage.

Lisa Lane Farm is a small 10-acre urban oasis located north of Cottage Grove Road near the Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.