Sparta Community Garden
A dedicated group of master gardeners, including Sparta Farmers’ Market creator, Mitchell Morrison and Bob Nicholson, formed the Sparta Community Gardens in 2010. It has since grown to two parcels measuring 43’x 103’ and 50’x 60’. It has also attracted the services of local Eagle Scouts, whose Eagle Scout projects were the actual fencing of both parcels including a rustic wooden fence. Ever mindful of our community and environment commitment, two garden plots have been reserved for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Bank and a certified butterfly garden already on site will become part of a future outdoor education exhibit and part of a nature walk.
Sparta Community Gardens, located on the grounds of Van Kirk Homestead Museum, consists of 38, four feet by twenty feet raised garden beds rented for $45 per season. Organic gardening methods are encouraged and there are water hoses provided in the two fenced-in areas.
Sparta residents are eligible to sign up in mid February to garden either vegetables and/or flowers on a first come, first served basis with preference given to last season's renters. There is a mandatory annual meeting held in April to notify gardeners of any changes to the garden’s operation, its rules, assignment of plots and to discuss any issues and concerns.
There is nothing better than eating garden fresh!!