Established in 1997, the 341 Midland Avenue community garden is a narrow lot owned by the Greater Syracuse Land Bank. Half of the lot is wooded. Between the wooded portion and the community garden itself is the Syracuse Grows’ tool shed. The roof of the shed was designed to catch rainwater runoff in two rain barrels which provide water for the garden. Rainwater collected from the shed roof is supplemented with water from a nearby water hydrant. The garden consists of ten 12’x4’x2′ raised beds, each surrounded by wire fencing to keep the ground hogs from climbing in and helping themselves. In the raised beds we grow garlic, potatoes, hot and sweet peppers, onions, collards, lettuce, cilantro, parsley, chard, arugula, turnips, mustard greens, okra, tomatoes, beans, and zucchini. In the open space we grow rhubarb and herbs. On the south side of the lot, we have three picnic tables. And facing the street we have a community garden sign. Currently, we have about eight people working most Saturdays during the growing season from 9 – 11 am. We share the produce with each other. We welcome all – experienced gardeners or beginners – we all learn together.
Please contact garden coordinator Aggie Lane to find out more about getting involved at this garden.