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By Benjamin Campbell

Farming? In Waltham?

Well, yes! In a sense. Next time you go for a walk around Res Woods, make sure you head over behind the Verizon building—you’ll find five raised beds of fenced-in greenery nestled up against the trees. This is the Verizon/National Grid employee garden, a project started two years ago and sponsored by David Marcus Management in collaboration with Green City Growers. farm

The garden produces about 250 lbs of veggies each season, and runs April-October. It contains a surprising variety of crops: garlic, squash, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, arugula, kale, cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, and several herbs such as basil and mint. Most of the yield goes to the food bank Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

The gardening group meets every Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the garden, with expert advice from John the Farmer of GCG. All experience levels may join, and no change of clothes is necessary! Participating employees are welcome to bring veggies home, and the rest is donated to the food bank.

Curious to learn more? Check out GCG’s FAQ!  http://greencitygrowers.com/urban-farming-resources/frequently-asked-questions/

Looking to get involved? Reach out to Michelle Park, michelle.park@nationalgrid.com

See the food bank’s website http://lovinspoonfulsinc.org/

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