Pottstown Community Garden Wins County Planning Award

Leading young visitors through a tour of the community garden

Leading young visitors through a tour of the community garden

POTTSTOWN PA – Volunteers and borough residents who have worked in the Chestnut Street community garden to help produce its abundant food were rewarded Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2013) with a different kind of fruit for their labors. The garden, owned by the MOSAIC Community Land Trust, was named one of five winners of the 2013 Montgomery Awards.

The annual program, sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Commission, recognizes the county’s best projects in planning and design, and acknowledges the high-quality work and commitment of communities, organizations, and professionals, presenters said.

Also named as winners in addition to MOSAIC were the Ambler Boiler House in Ambler borough, Arborcrest in Whitpain Township, Arbor Heights in Norristown borough, and Whitehall Townhouses in Lower Merion Township.

The community garden, located at 423 Chestnut St., was created by the trust in 2011 in a lot that previously held a neighborhood park which had become dilapidated and unsafe. The site was donated by the Pottstown School District.

It features 30 garden plots, new fencing, a stone patio, a bee hive, and a wooden pergola. A tool shed, water, seeds, plants, and mulch are provided for gardeners. A farm stand was constructed by volunteers to sell produce raised in the garden. Twenty-two families and eight organizations currently have garden plots and pay a small annual fee to lease their plots.

The garden provides educational workshops for new and experienced gardeners, and sponsors many activities for adults and children. “The recent hiring of a garden manager to oversee maintenance, coordinate activities, and plan future development demonstrates the success of this project,” according to county planners.

“Creation of the garden and its continued growth has been an extraordinary collaborative effort with many individuals and partnerships with organizations in the Pottstown area,” they added. “The Mosaic Community Garden, developed through creative vision and extensive collaboration, has contributed to revitalizing Pottstown and establishing a sense of community.”

The success of this project has motivated the Mosaic Community Land Trust to open a second community garden in the neighborhood.

Photo from the MOSAIC Community Garden