Whatever It Takes… to Nourish a Community

What started just two years ago with an endowment from the Tom and Ann Cousins Education Foundation to the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County (BGCMC) for a community garden in the Carter Park neighborhood of Indiantown has become a huge success!

The Indiantown Community Garden, under the leadership of Garden Coordinator Paula Smith has developed into a happy and successful collaboration with community partners such as Habitat for Humanity, KinDoo Family Center, the Boys Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club families, neighborhood families and the Martin County Master Gardeners.

The Indiantown Community Garden encompasses 30 individual irrigated vegetable plots, many fruit trees, a Little Free Library, a children's sandbox, 26 family vegetable plots and four Boys & Girls Club educational plots.

Any Indiantown family can sign up for a vegetable plot as long as they agree to give back to the community garden during regular workdays and follow rules as outlined on a yearly contract. There is no fee, just an investment of time, labor and commitment to their individual garden plot and the community garden as a whole.

During "Garden Club" education sessions, BGCMC members propagate most of the vegetable seedlings for the community garden inside the Club House in an "indoor garden" space under grow lights.

A slat house planned by Eagle Scout Solomon Scholl of Boy Scout Troop 840 in Tropical Farms will be constructed soon and will provide an area for the seedlings to acclimate before being planted in the community garden.

As garden coordinator Paula Smith says, "The Indiantown Community Garden is now a fellowship of neighborhood gardeners, volunteers, and community collaborators. Generosity abounds as our community gardener families offer their excess harvest to each other and our volunteers before taking vegetables home to their own families. Community spirit and pride exemplified!"