MARBLEHEAD — Volunteers for the nonprofit SPUR turned out recently to plant organic tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant and more in a community garden that will benefit food pantries on the North Shore.
This is the garden’s third season, and its second at St. Andrew’s Church on the Marblehead/Salem line, where it moved two years ago to take advantage of the extra space. Last year, volunteers planted and harvested 750 pounds of produce and delivered it to Marblehead and Salem food pantries as well as individual residents in need.
“The garden is a tangible way to connect with one another and bridge the gap for those who may have barriers accessing healthy food, free of toxins and grown with a whole lot of love,” said Jocelyn Cook, SPUR’s executive director.
The Marblehead Garden Center has donated approximately 20 flats of veggies to SPUR for planting each year.
“Hunger and the need for making healthy dietary choices are present even in the affluent towns and cities on Boston’s North Shore,” said Mark O’Connor, owner of Marblehead Garden Center.
SPUR hopes to expand its garden this fall, and also to create mobile gardens, prepared and given to people and programs that lack the space or ability to create gardens themselves. New volunteers are welcome. To volunteer or donate, visit www.spur.community/community-roots-garden or call 781-451-7787.
Cook calls the Community Roots Garden a “magical” space.
“We use no chemicals or non-organic additions,” she said, “and the garden thrives.”