The members of the Lanesborough Agricultural Commission would like to thank all those who contributed in the making of the garden project at the Lanesborough Elementary School.
The garden was built by three different work groups. The building of the raised beds and assembly was done on site by our first work group. The wood was donated by Bill Girard of Lanesborough. One week later, fabric, donated by Maximillian, Inc., was laid down. Compost, donated by Dickens Crane of Holiday Cottage Farm in Dalton, was combined with peat moss, donated by Energetic Lawn Care of Lanesborough, and used to fill the raised beds. The compost was trucked to the school in a truck donated by John’s Tractor & Excavation Service (John Goerlach, owner) and the driver, Jeff Dechaine, who volunteered his time. The compost mixture was added to the raised beds by a second group of volunteers. Our third group spread wood chips in the aisles of the garden. The wood chips were also donated by Bill Girard and transported to the school by a truck donated by the Lanesborough Fire and Water Department with the driver, Dave Santolin, volunteering his time.
The garden project is complete and ready to begin gardening in the spring. We hope to erect a chain link fence around the perimeter to keep unwanted animals out.
We had 29 volunteers from the Lanesborough Elementary School who signed up to help build and maintain the garden. Many were in attendance during the first three sessions. Hopefully, many more will join in the planting and maintaining of the beds and benefiting from the locally grown produce. It is our hope to share the vegetables with the school cafeteria during the school months and with the volunteers during the summer months.
We wish to thank those who donated materials and time. We feel this will be a lifetime achievement for the kids in learning how to grow a garden.
The writers are members of the Lanesborough Agricultural Commission. Darlene Newton is