The Sanford-Springvale Mousam Way Land Trust is happy to announce that it has been awarded a “Walmart Community Grants Team” grant, from the company’s Sanford Store, to support the Trust’s Sanford Community Garden. This $750.00 award was used to buy, build, and install a Produce Wash Station to enable gardeners to clean both their produce, and the produce that they’ve grown for the local food pantry. It’s a wonderful and healthy addition to the Sanford Community Garden project.
The Garden, built within the Trust’s McKeon Environmental Reserve in Springvale, is part of the Trust’s commitment to support the local community’s interest in not only growing their own food, but also its interest in promoting healthful and rewarding gardening practices. The Trust’s joint partnership with the University of Maine Extension Service’s York County Master Gardener Volunteer Program helps the community gardeners with any issues that may crop up during the growing season, such as pest, weed, and disease managements, various raised bed growing methods, and healthful gardening practices. All community gardeners along with the Master Gardeners help care for the several raised beds set aside for growing fresh produce for local food pantries.
Utilizing the funds from the grant, industrial-rated stainless steel sink, wash table, and faucet were obtained, a water supply was extended to the station, and the equipment was all tied together. Work was accomplished by jointly by Trust members and Master Gardener Volunteers.