Pittsfield’s growing community garden program consists of 7 gardens located in the West side and Morningside neighborhoods of Pittsfield Massachusetts. Each garden is unique and hosts its own set of educators, volunteers and students. The community garden project is a program of the City of Pittsfield in collaboration with several other community organizations.
The Robbins Ave. Community garden is located in the Westside at the corner of Robbins Ave and Bradford St. The garden got it’s start in 2007 as a project of the Westside Initiative. Current gardener’s hours at the Robbins Ave garden are Tuesdays from 10-12 and by appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. This garden hosts several volunteer and work groups including a group from Guidewire and community social Solutions. The food grown at the Robbins Ave garden is donated to the Christian Center which is just down the street. The city garden program also facilitates the gardens at the Christian Center, which consists of 8 raised beds.
The Silvio Conte Community School is home to another community garden site on the Westside. Through a close relationship with Berkshire Children and Families, this garden serves as an educational site for after school programs such as the Conte Kid’s Club. The food grown at this garden site is brought directly to the Conte School kitchen and used in the school lunch program. It is also distributed to the Conte Kid’s Club students. Gardener’s hours at the Conte School garden are on Mondays from 3:30-5 during the school year and Mondays 10-12pm during summer break.
The Coolidge Park Community garden is in close proximity to the Conte Community School on the Westside. This garden also serves as an educational site for the children of the Community school and hosts a neighborhood volunteer group. Produce grown at the Coolidge Ave garden goes into the kitchen at the Conte Community school as part of the school lunch program.
The Rice Silk Mill ‘Garden of Eatin’ in the Morningside neighborhood is a collaboration between the City of Pittsfield and Berkshire Housing Services. Gardener’s hours are Tuesdays from 1-3 and by appointment by email@example.com. Their are 13 raised bed plots at this garden site. About half of the beds are used for residents of the Rice Silk Mill and Cherry St. as personal community garden plots. The other beds grow food which is donated to the Berkshire Dream Center food pantry which is just down the street from the garden.
The Morningside Community School is another educational garden site inside the Morningside neighborhood. This site consists of three raised beds surrounding the school’s outdoor classroom. At this site, the Morningside Kid’s club meets weekly to learn about gardening and healthy eating. Food grown in this garden is used as snack at the Morningside Kid’s Club.
The garden on the Common is situated in the newly renovated Common Park in the Mornignside Neighborhood. Produce grown in this garden is distributed at the Berkshire Dream Center and The Reigning Love Church on East St. This garden hosts summer groups of students through the Pittsfield Parks Summer Program on Mondays.
Have questions? Want to Volunteer? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413.212.9813.