During the current public health emergency, Gardens for Charlestown remains open. Since Governor Baker's March 23 executive order (which was extended on March 31) permits the visiting of public parks, and we know that many take solace from walks through our tiny bit of green space, we will remain open until or unless public health directives prohibit it. But if you visit, please follow these guidelines that will help you stay safe and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
Practice social distancing while here. The CDC recommends keeping six feet between yourself and others in your vicinity.
Stay away for 14 days if you’re experiencing symptoms or have had direct contact with anyone who symptomatic.
Carry and use hand sanitizer when here, and be sure to use it before and after touching any surface: locks, knobs, railings, etc.
TO OUR MEMBERS SPECIFICALLY:
Do any work that requires the use of the shared tools in common areas of the garden.
Use any of the shared tools to work on your own plot unless you are wearing your own gloves. Shared tools should be wiped off before and after each use. Santizing wipes will be provided for this purpose. If you have your own garden tools, we advise that you use them rather than the shared tools when working on your plot.
Congregate in either of the sheds or the greenhouse.
For more information, or if you have questions, email
Meghan Burns, Project Manager, R&D, Indigo
The 2020 season at Gardens for Charlestown is off to a great start, with the Annual Meeting that convened on Sunday, March 1, at the Stove Factory Gallery. About 40 of 57 renewing members were on hand to hear the "Year in Review" from outgoing Board President Ann Hargraves and the financial report from outgoing Treasurer Deb McCarthy. Ann highlighted some of the many improvements to garden infrastructure, including a new railing on the handicapped ramp, new landscape timbers to replace rotting ones, and the new signage that was paid for by a City of Boston Community Preservation Act grant.
Ann also honored the service of all Board members--particularly Deb McCarthy and Shannon Ryan who are completing their terms. But the Board surprised Ann with a special recognition for her service as President the past two years. Ann remains a Director, but Chris Schiavone will take over the President's role in the coming year. Chris presented the latest tool in the Gardens' effort to move its back office functions online: an app for volunteers to use in logging their hours. (Directions and details are on the member page of the website.)
Before the end of the meeting, Meghan Burns of Indigo gave a brief presentation on regenerative agriculture and highlighted principles that could be applied to small plot gardening--not least of which letting those healthy microbes do their work and crop rotation. She took back to headquarters a handful of questions from gardeners, and will get back to us.
Great Turnout for
April Clean-up has been cancelled.
Dates for future clean-ups will be announced
Established in 1978 and maintained through the hard work of our members, Gardens for Charlestown exists to promote green space preservation, community pride, and educational opportunities in our neighborhood.
Gardens for Charlestown is a 501(c)(3) organization. To learn how to support our work or join, email us.