Hunt’s Mills Community Gardens Taking Applications!
October 2, 2020 East Providence, RI….The East Providence Historical Society is in the process of building the Hunt’s Mills Community Gardens, a project developed to address the community needs during the Pandemic and beyond. It was a natural outgrowth of our existing Master Gardener program and is designed to provide a personal garden plot to 20 gardening groups from the community to grow their own food. We received a grant from the RI Foundation in June, 2020 and over the Summer and Fall have been using those funds to develop a Community Garden Center in the basement of the Education Center and build the 20 Raised Bed Community Gardens behind the Museum. The Hunt’s Mills Community Gardens will serve East Providence residents of all ages and build on already established relationships including departments within the City of East Providence, the URI Master Gardener Program, the Sowams Heritage Area Project and the Ten Mile River Watershed Council.
The Hunt’s Mills Community Gardens are the first community gardens in the City of East Providence and we are grateful for the strong support from Mayor Bob DaSilva and departments within the city. This Fall we are building the gardens and we expect to begin gardening in Spring, 2021. Once complete, we will have 20 raised bed gardens, including 4 handicap accessible beds, within a 50’ x 50’ fenced in garden space. Garden advice and workshops will be available to community gardeners throughout the growing season. We are now accepting applications for garden spots. Application forms are available on the East Providence Historical Society website at www.ephis.org.