Blue Hill Community Garden

The Blue Hill Community Garden is a 2,400 square foot pick-your-own public garden. Located at George Stevens Academy on Tenney Hill, the garden is open and free to all community members. Hundreds of pounds of food are picked by visiting community members as well as volunteers who deliver crops to local food security organizations.  The Community Garden shares the vision modeled by the Incredible Edible Network: “to create kind, confident, and connected communities through the power of food”. This project aims to reduce barriers to healthy food by providing free produce and garden-based education to all community members, and by increasing opportunities for gathering and socializing around food and gardening. Project members host free educational programs in the garden, and partnerships with local schools facilitate pathways for youth involvement.  Over 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and native perennials are grown by volunteers using organic gardening practices.  Volunteers will enjoy learning all aspects of the garden’s vegetable production and distribution, including: seed propagation, soil preparation, planting, irrigation, weed control, pest control, mulching, harvesting, distribution of produce to local food security initiatives, perennial plant care, and various forms of ongoing garden maintenance.

We host volunteer work sessions on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.  Each session lasts for 1-2 hours. We hope to recruit volunteers who can join a weekly volunteer session throughout the growing season, but we also welcome volunteers who would like to come outside of the “group” hours at a time that works best for them. We are flexible and accommodating. We aim to recruit a group of 8-12 ongoing volunteers each season.

The BHCG is collaboration of the Blue Hill Garden Club, George Stevens Academy,  UMaine Cooperative Extension, Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Gleaning Initiative, and many dedicated community volunteers.