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New Plattsburgh Community Garden at the Plattsburgh Housing Authority on South Catherine

posted Feb 25, 2014, 12:54 PM by Doug Butdorf

Expected Timeline (some items are weather dependent): 

**** Stared Items require heavy volunteer assistance ****

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February 17:  PlattsburghCommunityGarden.org opens online registration for existing and new gardeners.

Week of April 7th or 14th:  Complete water connection and install lockable frost-free yard hydrant

- Being completed by PHA maintenance staff


Saturday, April 26th:  Plattsburgh Community Garden Annual Meeting and Plot assignment Lottery

- Garden plots will be assigned for both the Penfield and the PHA gardens


Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Storage Shed materials

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Wood Chip Mulch for ground cover

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for collection and delivery of Corrugated Board (cardboard) for ground cover

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Rough Cut Lumber for construction of raised beds

Week of April 28th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Garden Soil and Amendments


**Saturday, May 3rd:  Measure and Layout and string / paint Garden Area and shed location - Begin Shed Construction

**Sunday, May 3rd:  Complete shed construction


Week of May 5th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of hand tools / wheel barrow

Week of May 5th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of Fencing Materials


****Saturday, May 10th:  Finalize plot layout, construct raised beds and lay corrugated board

****Sunday, May 11th:  Fill raised beds and lay wood chip mulch


Week of May 12th:  Arrange for and receive delivery of hoses and above ground water system components


**Saturday, May 17th:  Finish garden construction - Begin fencing construction

**Sunday, May 18th:  Finish fencing construction, including gate.


*Saturday, May 24th:  Design and Construct above ground water system

*Sunday, May 25th:  Complete water system construction

Monday, May 26th:  Open garden for planting (Memorial Day)


Funding Status: 

- Three grants are pending.

- Tool / materials donation requests are in process through local retailers with potential commitment from Curtis Lumber, followed by Walmart, Lowes, Alix's, ACE and Aubuchan.

- Outreach is under way to local community organizations (Rotary, Lions, etc) and to the CVPH Foundation. 

- A City of Plattsburgh Street Drive has been requested - status pending.

Cash funds needed for initial construction is approx. $4,000


Volunteer Labor Needed: 

- the Plattsburgh Renewal Project has expressed interest in helping coordinate volunteer labor

- Sunrise Rotary has expressed interest in helping coordinate volunteer labor

- The SUNY Plattsburgh student Food Group is interested in helping, as they can based on school schedule

- Other suggestions for volunteer labor would be most welcome.  

- We are particularly in need of at least one skilled construction / builder person who can lead our volunteers in construction of the garden shed.

- Volunteers should be directed to bring work gloves, shovels and in the case of shed construction - tools (including battery drills, etc) we don't know if we have electricity on site for construction needs.

- seeking local clergy for Opening Day blessing of the gardens on May 26th (Memorial Day)


Online sign-up for a garden plot will be available on February 17th.  Interested gardeners should be directed to: http://plattsburghcommunitygarden.org/i-want-a-garden-plot


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