Welcome to the Norristown Sprouts Community Garden!
This community garden is funded by the PA Department of Health’s Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant and maintained by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). The garden is a joint partnership between Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and MCOPH and is located at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy at 1601 Markley Street in Norristown, PA. The Norristown Sprouts Community Garden was founded in 2021 to primarily serve Norristown residents to bring access to nutritious foods.
What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a shared plot of land where people gather together to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers. Community gardens give everyone, a chance to enjoy the pleasures of gardening, even if they do not have the space at home. Community gardens typically have rules to ensure the garden is maintained properly and that members share in the upkeep.
What are the benefits of participating in a Community Garden?
There are many benefits of community gardens including beautifying the community, producing fresh produce, fostering healthy lifestyles, building stronger communities, educational opportunities, and a cleaner environment.
Difference between a Communal bed and an individual bed
An individual bed is a plot in which the gardener will maintain, grow, and reap the benefits from that space only. Communal gardening is sharing and working on a plot with one or more neighbors. Communal garden plots allow multiple people to partake in maintaining and harvesting the plants. Norristown Sprouts will feature a few communal beds in the garden. If you sign-up to help maintain the communal beds, you will also be able to reap the benefits from those plots as well, i.e. you will be able to take the vegetables or herbs grown in that plot.
How do you get a garden plot?
February 21, 2022: Applications open to current members
March 7, 2022: Applications open to waitlist
March 14, 2022: Applications open to the general public
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a Norristown resident, Norristown school, or Norristown organization
- Be 16 years or older
- Have or able to obtain current child clearances (can be obtained for free here)
If you are eligible based on the above criteria, please complete the membership application (coming soon). Once the application is submitted, the Garden Coordinator will contact you.
What are the next steps?
- The Garden Coordinator will contact you to arrange a walk-through of the garden. During this time, you will pick your garden plot number. See the image to the right for available plots (click image to enlarge).
- The Garden Coordinator will then send you a link to the garden agreement and liability waiver, where you will sign that you have read the agreement's terms and conditions and agree to them.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?
Garden Coordinator: Shanita Fields
Assistant Garden Coordinator: Cassidy Bowen
Stay tuned for upcoming events!
Raised Bed Sheet Mulching (source: Megan Chawner, Penn State (PDA -Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)
Tips for a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden (source: HGTV)
Garden Mulches (source: University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension)
Fall Garden Raised Bed Calendar (source: Penn State Montco Cooperative Extension Office)