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Harpswell Community and School Garden Fund

A volunteer helps harvest onions at the Harpswell Community Garden’s fall work day.

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust administers a fund, which was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor, to support community and school gardens in Harpswell, Maine. Community gardening activities eligible for funding are those that allow Harpswell citizens to grow fresh food and flowers in garden plots available to all Harpswell citizens, and that are organized and maintained by the gardeners themselves.

For Harpswell schools, eligible projects are those that use gardens as learning opportunities for students.

All projects, to the extent practicable, should promote organic gardening practices and be handicapped accessible. Specific activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to: garden tools and supplies, soil amendments, seeds and plants, fencing, providing or improving access to water, garden expansion, improving accessibility to gardens, public education about gardening methods, and establishing new community or school gardens (including purchase of land).

Harpswell Coastal Academy has been able to expand their garden, thanks to funding from HHLT.

The funding of any particular garden or activity shall be at the sole discretion of HHLT. To apply, please click here to download an application and submit it by Feb. 14, 2019 to Julia McLeod at outreach@hhltmaine.org. You’re welcome to contact Julia McLeod with questions at outreach@hhltmaine.org or 207-837-9613.

Past grants have supported Harpswell Community School, Harpswell Community Nursery School, Harpswell Coastal Academy and the Harpswell Community Garden at Mitchell Field.