Effort Begins to Re-Imagine the Sprouts Garden on Terminal Street

The Sprouts Garden is preparing to revamp their community garden on Terminal Street this month with nearly $100,000 in grants and funding, but first, they are planning to reach out to the community on Dec. 16 to try to get a vision for the new garden.

Gerald Robbins said the Board has secured funding just shy of $100,000 for significant upgrades, but want to gauge what interest there is for the garden – which he said had fallen into disrepair in recent years.

“We have just under $100,000 to spend on the project and we’re going to enter into an agreement with the landscape architect Fusson and O’Neil,” he said. “We want to make it a better garden for everyone and the community too. The community meeting will be a way to gauge interest on how many people want to garden there so we know how many plots we really need.”

The meeting will take place at the CharlesNewtowne Community Room, 89 Medford St., on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Robbins said the garden fell on hard times in recent years, but they have an active board that is looking to revive participation. They hope to take the input from a series of community meetings over the next three months and have a final design by February. They will demolish the current garden before that, and hope to have it ready by summer.

“Hopefully, it will be up and running by May or June,” he said. “It is a challenge.”

Robbins said they have about 100 plots of all different sizes, and they could configure them in different ways – some vertical gardens and some horizontal – depending on the interest.

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