Southampton Town Councilwoman Christine Scalera and officials with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County are asking community members to join them this Tuesday, March 11, to discuss plans for a new community garden in Flanders.
The meeting, which was originally scheduled for March 3 but rescheduled due to snow predictions, will now take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 11 at the David Crohan Community Center off Flanders Road in Flanders.
Ms. Scalera and Susan Wilk, a project coordinator with Cornell, announced plans for the garden at the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting in January. They said they hope to install anywhere from six to eight beds, all managed by the community, later this spring on the community center grounds.
They are seeking individuals who might be interested in taking on a leadership role in helping to maintain the garden, but also invited all members of the public to attend the meeting to hear about the plans and to discuss ideas.
If it moves forward, the garden will be the first of its kind sponsored by the town. In exchange for their time, volunteers will have access to fresh produce. A portion of the crops will be donated to a local food pantry, and any surplus items could be sold at the Flanders Farm Fresh Food Market, which operates on Saturdays in the spring and summer months in the center parking lot.
Ms. Scalera also said she hopes the project with be inter-generational, pairing up those who frequent the town’s Senior Center and participate in Youth Bureau programs—all of whom utilize the David Crohan center.
“Programs like ours across the state are working in collaboration with local governments and community members to create healthy places in communities and implement projects that will make it easier for community members to be physically active and eat healthy foods,” Ms. Wilk stated in a press release. “Community gardens are a perfect opportunity for physical activity and an excellent source of nutrition and enjoyment of a wide assortment of garden fresh produce.”
Anyone with questions can contact Ms. Scalera’s office at (631) 287-5745.