Community Gardens Helping Residents

by Audry Kensicki on April 13, 2010 at 7:25 am

The City of Cambridge is also working to beautify their area.

The city has rejuvenated their Community Gardens Program, which uses vacant properties to plant gardens. The residents reserve a plot with the city and grow everything from flowers to vegetables.

"The response has been great," said Assistant Director of the Economic and Community Development Department. "We have the support of the mayor, the public safety director, my director. They’re all very supportive. The community is very supportive. The neighbors around these lots watch over them."

There are currently three plots, but according to Haught, they hope to expand.

She said city residents can greatly benefit from using the gardens.

"With the economy the way it is, we though we’d start this to help people out," she said. "There are people who have lost their jobs, people are struggling. There are people that don’t have the space that live in town that would love to grow. We thought we’d put that out there for them."

Businesses in the area have jumped in to help the program, donating seeds and plants. The city even installed access to water at each plot free to the gardeners.