Georgia Magazine - March 2022 - 39

Left: Plot-holders at the
Peachtree City Community
Garden can grow crops
nearly year-round. Bottom
right: Garden plots may
be rented for years and
often refl ect gardeners'
individual personalities.
'I've enjoyed gardening here for
the last four years, and I love the
diverse people brought together
by the love of gardening, sharing
ideas, knowledge and plants.'
-Amanda Green, plot-holder
at the Peachtree City Community Garden
Stearns. When Peachtree City reevaluated
its land use in 2019, the garden
was moved to the Glenloch Recreation
Complex, which also features a swimming pool,
soccer fields, a multipurpose field, basketball and
tennis courts, a dance studio, a classroom, a skate park and a
playground.
The change from a quiet, rural setting to an active recreational
complex brought many generations and interests
together, provided restrooms and other facilities nearby
and expanded the sense of community connections.
" The city built the fence, paths and raised beds
and installed an underground water system with
several hose spigots, " says Lynda Wojcik, manager of
the three-person volunteer board of the PCCG. She
has cultivated a plot since the garden's inception.
The garden contains 57 raised plots. Tools are
provided to participants, who must commit to observing
organic gardening practices. Other features include three
beehives, benches, compost bins and a 20-foot bed of plants
that attract pollinators.
Garden rentals are effective from January until November
each year. In December, volunteers clean out the plots for the
next renters. If a gardener keeps a plot, he or she can keep
growing through December. Many participants stay for years.
As gardener Linda Dowling explains: " Spending time
growing organic vegetables not only rewards us with healthy
vegetables to eat and share [but also] feeds our soul with
serenity. I have been blessed to have created many friendships
that have grown and flourished throughout my 10 years
gardening at the Peachtree City Community Garden. These are
treasured times of sharing our homegrown food. We share recipes
with each other and gardening tips along with smiles and
laughter, fostering a grounded community of trust and hope. "
Georgia's climate allows for nearly year-round cultivation,
making it even easier for gardeners to stay connected to the
land. The PCCG is very popular and usually has a waiting list
for plots.
Garden rentals are effective from January until November
" About 25 percent of our gardeners grow winter vegetables, "
Wojcik says. " We have about a 20 percent turnover rate, bringing
new gardeners in at the beginning of each year from our waiting
list. We want every gardener to be successful, to be happy. "
For more information, visit ptccommunitygardens.org.
Complex, which also features a swimming pool,
Resources for gardeners
The American Community Gardening Association
(ACGA) in College Park off ers workshops, classes,
information about grant opportunities, a magazine and
an annual conference. As a grassroots non-profi t advocacy
group dedicated to promoting community gardening,
the ACGA links more than 2,000 community gardens
throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, visit communitygarden.org.
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