Day of Farming

Volunteers gather for event hosted by the United Way

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Dozens of volunteers came out Friday to help turn a plot of land on Sullivan Farm into a community garden.

NASHUA – Dozens of community members gathered Friday “to dig in the dirt” at Sullivan Farm, according to United Way of Greater Nashua Executive Director Mike Apfelberg.

As many as 75 volunteers got their hands dirty at the Community Day of Farming, which is one of two food security days of caring hosted by the United Way.

The volunteers worked to build raised beds, fill them with manure, and build a fence for a 15,000-square-foot plot of land which will the United Way will eventually be shared with Banyan Branch Farm and the Regenerative Roots Community Farm.

Those on the first shift worked from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the sunshine, shoveling, hammering and carrying supplies. Members of the afternoon crew, who worked from 1 to 4 p.m., did the same, only in the rain.

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Dozens of volunteers came out Friday to help turn a plot of land on Sullivan Farm into a community garden.

The ultimate goal, Apfelberg said, is to give people in the community access to “good quality, sustainable food.”

Haley Goodspeed, a volunteer who has worked with Grow Nashua and the food council, said the event was a “good first step toward actually doing something.”

During food council meetings, members tend to discuss ways to increase sustainable food production, so she said it was nice to see the words and hard work put into action.

“It’s good to be sustainable and self reliant,” Goodspeed said, “but gardening can also be a very meditative practice.”

Goodspeed said community gardening can help the city’s refugees feel a connection to the area, while helping them help themselves.

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Mike Apfelberg, executive director of the United Way of Greater Nashua, thanked volunteers for "coming to dig in the dirt" Friday.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Andrew Morin, director of Regenerative Roots, helped put in cement to keep some of the posts they were intstalling in place.

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Dozens of volunteers came out Friday to help turn a plot of land on Sullivan Farm into a community garden.