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Help wanted for Town Farm planting day Saturday

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Volunteers help out with some early spring planting at Westport Town Farm.

Volunteers help out with some early spring planting at Westport Town Farm.

The Trustees of Reservations will host their fifth annual volunteer planting day at the Westport Town Farm Community Gardens on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.  All ages are invited to join farm manager Steve Connors for a peaceful morning of planting at one of Westport’s most beautiful places.

Thousands of healthy seedlings have been nurtured in the Trustees’ greenhouse at Cornell Farm, awaiting the arrival of warm weather.  The ground has been prepared so that volunteers, along with staff and Youth Corps workers, can help plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and other summer vegetable and flowering plants.  Workers are asked to wear appropriate shoes for the garden and to bring work gloves if desired.

Over the past four seasons, the Town Farm gardens and the new gardens at Cornell Farm have provided over 15,000 pounds of nutritious vegetables to the Westport Council on Aging’s Food For Friends program and the United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Hunger Commission. This year, with further expanded garden areas in Westport and at Cornell Farm in South Dartmouth, the harvest is expected to increase substantially, and volunteers are much appreciated.

Another Volunteer Planting Day is also planned for Sunday, June 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cornell Farm on Smith Neck Road in Dartmouth.

The Westport Town Farm is located at 830 Drift Road, Westport. For more information please call the Trustees’ office at 508-636-4693, ext. 13. Or email  to sconnors@ttor.org.


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