Millwood Swim Club closed in 2009. The facility fell into disrepair, and taxes were not paid. The Town took ownership of the property. To move the community garden forward, we decided to retain ownership, as opposed to a privately owned garden, and work with InterGenerate to run it. InterGenerate is a non-profit, volunteer organization who operates the Marsh Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco and the community garden at the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corp property. We turned a negative into a positive.
- Organized numerous meeting of interested residents
- Cleared the land this spring for approximately 48 beds to support thriving vegetable and flower gardens
- Removed trees, mowed and removed the old pump
- Installed 85 yards of gravel
- Created a “pad” for the garden beds
- Created a gravel walk way into the area
- Built garden beds
- Added soil
- Repaired the fence
- Steve Coleman, our Environmental Coordinator, helped secure the necessary permits
- Prepared Estimates for the irrigation system’s materials and labor, and gravel.
- Raised money
We are proud that DeCicco’s agreed to sponsor four of those raised beds dedicated to growing food for those who don’t have the funds or the opportunity to purchase food at our farmer’s markets.
InterGenerate will provide educational programming on horticulture, composting and sustainable eating. They would also teach classes on gardening and sustainable eating. The classes would be free and open to the public. Membership would be open to all New Castle residents.
The Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden will be a a vibrant community garden, improving the quality of life for our residents.