Dueling community gardens?
That would be a fun story, but the Hartwell Road garden plots administered by the Conservation Commission and their counterparts at Middlesex Community College four miles to the north at 591 Springs Rd. are complementary, not competitive.
Indeed, “We have referred people to the MCC gardens when we didn’t have room at Jordan,” said Stephanie Ide, Conservation Commission administrative assistant.
“Jordan” is the George Jordan conservation area contiguous to the town forest. The community gardens were established there more than 50 years ago.
Currently, “We have three people on our waitlist for Jordan and are hoping to be able to offer those on the list a garden plot soon,” Ide said.
That’s because the town added two new plots and renovated a third that had been overgrown with raspberries, she explained. “Once the garden fence gates are installed, we will be able to offer them.” The annual rental is $40. Information can be found at www.bedfordma.gov/820/Jordan-Gardens-2023-Sign-up-Information.
Meanwhile, at Middlesex, plots remain available to Bedford residents until May 20 for $25. An application form and details about the program are available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTa4JKiZmX_GG2nkCGN4L-QxdJkaB94-KDFBllA7cmOwIFXQ/viewform.
The gardens are close to the campus parking area and surrounded by fencing that would thwart the most-nimble deer. Students are offered plots for free; college staff pay $25 per area. The area was opened to residents in 2018.