How do I become a gardener?
Come to Sign Up Days! Held in March each year, Sign Up Days are where you can meet us, get your questions answered, and sign up for a garden plot. In 2020, Sign Up Days will be March 7 from 10-3 and March 8 from 1-4 at the Cos Cob firehouse, 2nd floor.
What if I can’t make it to Sign Up Days?
Email us and we’ll send you a Proxy form, so that you can send someone else to sign up on your behalf. Alternatively, you can be added to our wait list for plots that may be available after Sign Up Days are over.
How much does it cost?
A 4′ x 8′ raised bed at Armstrong Court costs $25 for the season; at Bible Street it is $50. There is a 10 hour volunteer work requirement that can be fulfilled throughout the growing season. But we never turn gardeners away for financial reasons. Come to Sign Up Days and we’ll work it out!
What kinds of things can I do to fulfill my work requirement?
Our annual Opening Day and Closing Day are great opportunities to fulfill some of your volunteer requirement with raking, spreading wood chips, and sprucing up the garden. You can also join a team at the garden and help with projects, such as Events & Parties, Weeding, Compost, Building, and more. We also have teams that help grow organic seedlings during the winter at Greenwich Land Trust’s greenhouse, and introduce gardening to preschoolers in the summer at Head Start.
How much time does gardening take?
Your plot would love it if you would visit between 1 and 3 times a week to weed, water, check for pests, and harvest your bounty!
What if I go on vacation for part of the summer?
You can ask a fellow gardener to look after your plot while you’re away. We also have signs in the shed that you can put in your plot while you’re away to let the Neighborly Harvest team know that they can harvest your ripe items and donate them straight to the Neighbor to Neighbor food pantry.
What do I need to buy to be a gardener?
The gardens have water on site and sheds with garden tools and gloves. At Sign Up Day, we have free seeds available to get you started. In late May, we have organic seedlings available for purchase for $1-$3. If you want garden stakes or tomato cages, you’ll buy those yourself.
Where can I buy organic seeds and seedlings if I want to get my own?
What if I don’t know how to garden?
Ask us, and we’ll set you up with a mentor to get you started. Your fellow gardeners are friendly and love to help!
I am interested in gardening, but I don’t want my own plot for the season. Can I volunteer?
Yes! Come to Sign Up Days or email us to find out more. We have a regular team of volunteers working at our Culinary Wellness Garden at Nathaniel Witherell. We’d love to have your help.
Where are the gardens?
Armstrong Court Community Garden is located behind the Armstrong Court apartment complex in western Greenwich. You can park at the apartments, cross the footbridge over the stream, and enter through the garden gate.
Bible Street Community Garden is located across the street from the Montgomery Pinetum in Cos Cob. There is a small tomato sign marking the parking area. You can park at the sign and then walk up the road to get to the garden.
The Culinary Wellness Garden at Nathaniel Witherell is on the campus of Nathaniel Witherell on Parsonage Road in Greenwich. The garden is in a cleared field and cars may park on the grass by the garden.