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Help needed for Allentown community garden project


Last updated 6/7/2017 at 5:09pm

The LLC Community Garden on the corner of Industry and Arlington Avenue is getting ready to start an exciting new day in its neighborhood history.

It is the goal of the current volunteers to create a space for neighbors to gather and enjoy gardening together. With the help of a local grant program, volunteers will be preparing to repair the aged and failing retaining wall on June 16. The following day, on June 17, the main work to repair the wall and install a new section of fence will be in full swing. Volunteers are needed to help.

The LLC Community Garden is asking any neighbors, community members or garden lovers to share a day of community building. The lot has been historically a local church, as well as a community garden in the past. Sadly, it went fallow for many years.

Due to renewed interest by local volunteers, the owners of the property The Liberal Catholic Church, has given permission for the lot to be used and restored as a community garden once again.

Volunteers have saved antique iris, rose and mint from the original garden. Also many trees, roses, and shrubs have recently been added.

There is plenty of space organizer Kathleen Lambert says, for local residents to fill out an application and build a garden box of their own. The goal is to transform this old lot into an inclusive, relaxing garden space for the whole community to enjoy for many years to come.

The current focus is on perennial decorative plants, shrubs and trees. There is room for raised garden beds to be filled with clean soil for vegetables. Wildlife is also taken into consideration by this garden, planting bee and butterfly friendly flowers.

Projects for the future are hoping to include Bat Box’s. Butterfly feeders and garden benches.

Volunteers are also looking to host special garden lectures from local master gardeners, local farmers, and permaculture specialists to feed the neighborhoods love of growing things.

Volunteers are asked to arrive on June 16 the prep day at noon to organize and assign tasks. On June 17 the main work day, work on the retaining wall will be going on from 9 a.m.-6 pm. Donations of mulch, flowers, and garden soil are appreciated.

Contact Kathleen Lambert and other volunteers at their Face Book Page, for further information or to offer support.


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