Generous grant awards from the Cumberland County Master Gardener Association, and W.R. Berkley Corporation Charitable Foundation have enabled Wayside to construct demonstration gardens outside our office. The gardens showcase affordable techniques for growing food in small spaces, and will provide educational opportunities for youth groups to learn about growing food and preparing it.

Chives, cilantro, oregano, lettuce, and spinach have already made their way into dishes served at our Community Meals Program, and Don Morrison used herbs in his baked fish in parchment paper segment on WCSH’s 207.

Additional support comes from the following:

  • Volunteers from LearningWorks’ Youth Building Alternatives program constructed a pergola and five raised garden beds. They also created walkways around the beds using mulch donated by Bear and Owl Tree Care.
  • Members of the Cheverus High School junior class filled the beds with soil donated by O'Donal's Nurseries and lobster compost donated by Botanical Landscape Inc. They also planted seeds donated by The Chas. C. Hart Seed Company, and made plant labels from paint stirrers.
  • Skillin’s Greenhouses donated a gift card used to purchase vegetable and herb plants, and Skillin’s staff has shared expert knowledge and support.
  • Volunteers from Cultivating Community’s Youth Growers Program plant and harvest food they use to prepare meals for our Family Supper.
  • Community Meals volunteers Carol Karlsen, Marion Nielsen, and Robin Sanford have shared plants from their gardens, and Antonio and Niki Semiglia help to water the garden.