After the sale of Pitney Farm in mid-December, Pitney Meadows Community Farm (PMCF) volunteers began working on renovating existing farm structures. Now, volunteers can proceed with new construction, thanks to the Saratoga Springs Planning Board’s unanimous approval of PMCF’s site plan.
Three big projects are in the works
- The Community Gardens at Pitney Meadows
- A new social space where as many as 200 raised beds ultimately will be made available to the public.
- A “High Tunnel”
- A space large enough to act as an event space for as many as 300 people and grow some crops for production for the farm and events.
- Children’s Garden and Greenhouse
- An attraction for children to get a taste of gardening, expected to begin later in 2017 or 2018 as funds permit
In a recent statement Barbara Glaser, chair of Pitney Meadows Advisory Council, said the community gardens will be “an old-fashioned gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to learn, grow, and share in the excitement of sustainably produced food.”
Want to have your own plot at the Community Gardens at Pitney Meadows? You can! A lottery will be held for community members who are interested in owning one of the 35 available plots. The first round of the lottery is planned for early June, applications are still open at www.pitneymeadowscommunityfarm.org. The types of plots that are available include a 4×8 raised plot, 24-inch tall 3×8 foot accessible bed or an 8×12 in-ground plot.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm expects to have the High Tunnel completed in early July, and plans to host workshops, lectures, potluck dinners, and children’s activities in the near future.