A minimum of 75% of all gardening spaces are reserved for households meeting federal low-income guidelines.
For a donation of $20, the remaining land is made available to those households exceeding the guidelines, or who fail to file the requested financial information.Benefits of the program include greater access to fresh local produce, lower grocery bills, and an increased sense of community.
Generally, 40-50 plots are made available each year.SNHS manages the garden program through an agreement with the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.
Each community gardener accepted into the program receives a 25’ x 25’ rototilled garden plot. Water, seeds, rakes, hoes and other materials needed to maintain the plot must be supplied by the gardener.
Produce grown on the plot must be used to increase the amount of nutritional foods available in the gardener’s household; it cannot be sold for profit.Complete information about the program, including guidelines and the forms needed to apply, are on the SNHS website. Deadline for applications is April 13, 2018.
Applications can be mailed to:
- Southern New Hampshire Services
- Attn: JoAnn Smith
- P.O. Box 5040
- Manchester, NH 03108
- 2018 Community Gardens Memorandum
- 2018 Community Gardens Guidelines
- 2018 Community Gardens Memorandum – Application Agreement, Part 2
- 2018 Community Gardens Memorandum – Application Agreement, Part 3