The number of community gardeners participating in the community garden network doubled this summer. Groundwork Lawrence, working in partnership with the City of Lawrence, converted five vacant publicly owned lots into space for growing fruits and vegetables. The lots were previously dumping grounds for trash or overrun with invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed, but now they are sources of pride for the neighborhoods -- often inspiring landowners to make improvements to their own properties.
Generous support for the community gardens is provided by the City of Lawrence, the Community Development Block Grant Program, the state of Massachusetts PARC program, the EPA, and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
Click here for before and after pictures of the community gardens.