The Town of Natick is doing whatever it can to see that residents have the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce. For some, gardening in their own back yard is not possible. That's where community gardens come in. Simply put, community gardens are locations where numerous gardening plots are made available to interested residents.
There are 3 active community gardens located throughout the town (map). The gardens are divided into plots and shared by groups of residents. The town encourages the formation and continuance of community gardens. Residents interested in participating in the Community Gardens program should review the town's garden policy and submit an online application.
All applicants will be selected by lottery. Gardeners pay a small fee for their garden plot and must commit to organic gardening principles. Town staff and fellow gardeners provide support and are available to answer questions throughout the growing season.
There are 3 current gardens in Natick:
- JJ Lane Park - This was the first community garden the town opened in 2014.
- Hartford Street Community Gardens opened in the spring of 2016. The garden offers 50+ plots to Natick residents. Several plots on this site grow fresh produce for A Place to Turn who offers the veggies to families in need.
- Navy Yard Park Community Gardens are scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. That location will host 23 handicapped accessible garden plots.