Community Garden: Augusta Locally Grown

Oct 6, 2015 by The . Topics include , , , , , , , ,

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It started with the small want for fresh salsa. member Austin New started a container garden two years ago, and has enjoyed gardening ever since. He wanted to start his own seedlings and maybe experiment with varieties like Mendel, e.g. with science. “I ended up with about 200 more seedlings than I could plant on my back porch,” said Austin. He put forth the idea for a salsa garden to Eric Parker and Grace Belangia last spring and was impressed with them “thinking the scope/size of the garden was more exciting than burdensome.”

Perry Levin and Sheila Eastman stepped up to help with breaking the ground, cleaning off the grass, and rejuvenating the dirt with mulch, leaf litter, and dark soil. Grace chipped in some time and arranged for some fresh dirt. Before long they had a 20’x60′ space for all of the seedlings at

Austin shared, “I really wanted the garden to be a meaningful size that would require upkeep and involvement to not be an eyesore, and would also be able to sustain a stuffed pepper cookout or anyone who wanted to experiment with cooking or teach a cooking class.” Members have had a good picking for the summer with a variety of tomatoes and peppers, basil, and Grace harvested one pumpkin.

“The garden suffered from a little lack of know-how, resources, and attention, and the tomatoes were becoming overgrown when I left, but there remained a lot of produce and interest in the fruits appeared to be growing,” Austin said.

Austin moved to New Jersey towards the end of summer. Since then, Perry has kept up a watering regimen and a few new folks have joined the adventure. has partnered with Augusta Locally Grown to help manage the garden and it’s growth. Specifically, Angel Newman has come on board to serve in that capacity. ALG supports awareness and distribution of locally grown produce.

Kim Hines of ALG wrote, “The community garden at the represents so much more than a 20×60 plot of fresh veggies. For Angel, it’s a dynamic combination of shared earth, shared health, shared tools, and shared start-up business advice. It might be a micro-business in scale, but this thing is huge at heart. I’m not surprised at all that local chefs have already bought into it; we could use a few dozen more of these in downtown Augusta.”

What started as a want to simply share a gardening experience has now grown to encompass an entrepreneurial slant to the garden and it’s produce. If you are interested in helping with the garden, contact Angel at

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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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