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Nyack Community Garden: ‘Till We Till Again

Nyack, Feb 20 — Spring must be right around the corner, because the March 15 deadline for requesting a plot in the Nyack Community Garden is only three weeks away.

Each year local residents tend 52 plots in a cooperative garden on South Franklin Street and Depew Avenue. Tools, soil and water are provided by Nyack Community Gardens and plot-keepers supply their own plants and seeds.  The land is courtesy of the Robert Martin Company.

Organizers estimate that a full plot (8’€ x 20’€) can generate enough herbs and vegetables for a family of four from April to November with some produce leftover to share.  As a cooperative, plot-keepers are also expected to sign up for communal work. Beginners are welcome. The fee for a half plot is $15 and $20 for a full plot. Newcomers should expect to receive either a half plot or a spot on the waiting list.  The number of plots are limited so apply early.

The site, located on Franklin Street between Depew and Hudson Aves, was once the terminus of the railroad that connected Nyack to New York City via Hoboken. The property has been tilled as a community garden since 1976.  One veteran gardener, Jack Dunnigan, the owner of Pickwick Books, has been tending his plot for over twenty years.  Dunnigan says the mildest winter in memory — and  the lack of permafrost — will increase the bug population this year. Cold winters typically keep bugs in check.  Undaunted by the next surprise mother nature has in store, Jack is looking forward to harvesting soybeans in late spring, tomatoes in the summer and spinach in the Fall.

To receive an applications send an email to nyackcommunitygarden@gmail.com.  For further information contact Jack at Pickwick (845) 358-9126.

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