The Conshohocken Community Garden is entering its 4th season on Elm Street on a piece of property donated to the Borough by the Sewer Authority. In 2011, the grounds of the unused plot were cleaned of debris and rock and soils tested for food safety and turned into a beautiful retreat for residents that may have limited lawn space to have their own garden. In just three seasons, the garden has gone from only eight members to 80% full at the beginning of March.
Members pay a $45 annual fee to have a 10′ by 10′ space and access to water and shared tools. Each plot is managed by a member and members also contribute to overall garden responsibilities like maintenance and lawn care. Gardeners primarily plant vegetables, some flowers, and perennial plants native to the Schuylkill Valley area.
Each year, the garden works to build community relationships including Conshohocken Elementary School, Colonial Neighborhood Council, and the Plymouth Whitemarsh Rotary Club as well as several small businesses. The small garden property has a thriving ecosystem with toads, bees, many birds, and preying mantis on site and in order to protect it, gardeners are not permitted to use chemical fertilizers and pesticides but rather use natural approaches to garden management.
To apply for a plot, visit Green Conshy.