Last Saturday afternoon, down at the Eastport Athletic Complex, the most wonderful things were happening.
As I walked over to the far corner of the Complex, amidst the background noise of hammering and electric saws, I slowly began to make out the big group of leaders and volunteers who were there working on behalf of the Eastport Green Project.
They were focused and had a pretty clear vision of what they wanted to accomplish.
I quickly sent our kids over to start helping. Because in my mind, nothing is better for kids, than good old fashioned hard labor. (I’m kind of kidding, but not really.)
There were lots of other kids there helping out as well.
Watching the kids work was pretty impressive. They worked hard, and in the entire time I was there, I didn’t hear one complaint from any of them. They were focused, but having quite a bit of fun as well.
All throughout the afternoon, people kept working hard.
They took breaks when they needed.
And enjoyed some fun refreshments.
But then it was back to work.
Once the Garden boxes were built, it was time to start filling them. During the afternoon, I’d learn that the wood for the boxes was donated by Speonk Lumber and that the dirt was a donation of our town as well. It made me pretty proud to be a part of such an amazing community.
All in all, it was a fabulous afternoon. The weather was gorgeous and it was just heartwarming to see members of our community come together to work on something so great.
And in case you were wondering, Stephanie Turano (left) and Heather Spagnoli (right) head up the Eastport Green Project which is a group of community members working together to keep Eastport green, clean and beautiful. The Community Gardens is just one of their projects. They both did an incredible job of leading the volunteers as they worked together to build the raised garden plots.
And when everything was completed, fifteen beautiful boxes were built and filled and ready to go. These plots are open and available and ready to be assigned to families and community members. Here is some of the information that Stephanie shared with me:
Eastport Community Garden
Garden plots will be issued by a lottery process after all applications have been submitted.
For application email us at email@example.com or Facebook- www.facebook.com/eastportgreenproject Eastport Green Project, PO Box 832, Eastport, NY 11941
• Individual 4×8 raised garden plots are available and ready for planting
• Located at – ESM Sports Complex Park, Sunrise South Service Rd, Eastport • 2016 Growing Season- June to November
• We encourage individuals, families & groups to participate
• Grow your own organic veggies, flowers & herbs
• Participate in local food pantry donations with each harvest
• Options to participate in group classes and gatherings
• New to gardening? Eastport Green Project members will be available to guide you through the planting/growing process
For more information, you can also visit the Eastport Green Project Facebook Page.
And finally, I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of the Eastport Green Project to everyone who came out to help build and fill the raised garden plots. Working along side of you (after I finished taking pictures, I joined in on the fun by shoveling lots of dirt and helping where needed), I couldn’t be more proud to be part of such a fun project while working amongst such incredible community members.