The Community Gardens @ Green End is a place where island residents can rent plots to grow their own food. We believe that the best way to fix our food system is to reconnect people with the source of their food, and there is no better way to accomplish that than to help make it possible for them to grow it themselves.
At Island Community Farms @ Green End, we have set aside 1/2 of an acre as a community garden. On a first-come-first-serve basis, it is divided into individual 4’x30′ beds, giving each bed 120 square feet of growing space. Intensively planted, this area could grow more than $700 worth of food.
While you are free to manage your plot any way (as long as it is organic) that you choose, for those new to growing food, we do recommend one layout method as particularly well-suited to the 4×30′ beds: The Square Foot Method.
For those of you concerned with nutrient density in your food from depleted soils: The Bionutrient Research Association. We have done composite soil tests, and can prepare a custom blend of minerals to apply to your bed to enrich the soil. As this land has been farmed conventionally for many decades (though it has been resting now for 2 years), it will take more than one year to reach its peak potential, but in past years we have seen a marked difference in yield and disease resistance in areas that were re-mineralized vs areas that were not. As not all plots have been amended the same over the past 3 years, to order your own soil test for your specific plot, use this form to order a soil test from Logan Labs including trace minerals. Alternatively, you can order a test from UMass. For advice or assistance reading your soil sample test results, you may contact .
Garden orientation for 2016 will be at the farms in early April.
Below are links to the 2016 community garden application, and our Lease with the Land Trust.
At this time there is one plot still available. To sign up, contact .
1 “Mother Earth News: Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!”. By Rosalind Creasy with Cathy Wilkinson Barash, 2010.