The East 40 gardens serve a variety of purposes, with an emphasis on:
Practicing environmental stewardship through natural growing practices
Providing learning opportunities for the NCC community in food education
Learning about the process of food production from planting to consumption
Getting to know your neighbors through cooperation
During the fall and spring, volunteers interested in helping maintain the gardens - to get outdoors and also improve their gardening skills - are invited to come to the East 40 to #getyourhandsinthesoil. Community service hours are available for those who want them. Watch our Instagram and Facebook for current opportunities.
We offer community garden plots at no cost to participants. For more details, contact Kelly Allen.
We also support a student initiative, the Good Growers - this is an NCC club that offers opportunities to learn more about the gardening cycle and best practices. We are currently on hiatus, having completed the fall semester. Check our Instagram and Facebook for current opportunities.
VISITING EAST 40
The East 40 acreage is a well-kept secret - out in plain sight, but many folks don't know we are here!
Our acreage is located to the east of the main parking lots at NCC's Green Pond campus. If you look carefully you'll see a small blue kiosk marker, to the east of parking lot B (here's a map that will help you - look for #7).
There are numerous walking trails and paths to explore, including our new East 40 Poetry Walk. You can also enjoy the gardens, pollinators, and artwork around the site.
Read about a visit from some young Daisy Girl Scouts.
If you would like to schedule a group tour, or arrange for your class to use our space, contact Kelly Allen.