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Community garden groundbreaking planned in Swampscott

SWAMPSCOTT — Seaside Cooperative Garden and Bertram House of Swampscott will host a groundbreaking celebration on Saturday, May 18, 1-4 p.m. The event is open to the public and anyone interested in learning about Seaside Cooperative Garden is encouraged to attend. The rain date is Sunday, May 19.

The festivities will be held on the patio and at the garden site on Bertram House grounds, 565 Humphrey St. The community may participate in a variety of hands-on activities such as building a fairy house with For the Love of Swampscott, making wildflower seed balls with North Shore Sprouts, or learning about gardening, conservation, or composting. Food and refreshments will be provided, and there will be a performance of jazz standards by local pianist Marc Maccini. There will be a raffle to benefit the garden, with an array of prizes donated by local companies. Parking for the event is available on Humphrey Street and in the parking lot off Bondelevitch Way (Phillips Park).

Seaside Cooperative Garden is a nonprofit collaborative whose mission is to bring members together in the shared effort of growing and harvesting fresh produce. The garden is a family-friendly learning garden open to Swampscott area residents of all ages and abilities. The garden includes hand-built raised beds of corrugated steel roofing panels and wood that will house local compost, organic vegetables, herbs, and fruit.

“In just a year-and-a-half, the idea of creating a community garden for Swampscott has come to fruition. I am humbled by the work our members have put in and the support we received from Bertram House, the town of Swampscott, and local businesses. Now we get to celebrate our collaborative achievement,” said Seaside Cooperative Garden President Sarah Koch.

“We are excited to officially celebrate our new partnership with Seaside Cooperative Garden, and we are thrilled to be able to help support this important community organization,” said Bertram House of Swampscott Executive Director Josh MacQuarrie.

Bertram House of Swampscott is a non-profit senior living community that offers 59 apartments with both traditional Assisted Living and a specialized memory care program called the Reminiscence Neighborhood.

Seaside Cooperative Garden is a non-profit membership-based community vegetable garden, whose mission is to bring members together in the shared effort of growing and harvesting fresh produce. To learn more about Seaside Cooperative Garden, please visit Facebook.com/SeasideCooperativeGarden, or email seasidecooperativegarden@gmail.com.

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