Community Garden

Community garden

Eastside Community Garden’s
Grand Opening

The new Eastside Community Gardencelebrated its grand opening on Saturday, September 5, with hot dogs, watermelon and a tour of the rapidly growing garden at 2521 Clairemont Avenue in Fort Worth.

The garden, founded by Fort Worth landscaper and Master Gardener Tom Blanton, is quickly becoming a community gathering spot for dozens of East Fort Worth residents, many who didn’t know each other before June, when a small garden committee began meeting at the Meadowbrook-Poly UMC Scout Hut.

So far, at least 90 people have joined the Eastside Community Garden group on the NextDoor West Meadowabrook site. More than 25 people from at least six East Fort Worth neighborhoods have become active committee members, working their own plots and preparing the garden for others.

Once the church Leadership Team approved the use its property for the garden, Blanton, Scout leader Paul Rodman and other garden committee members began building several sizes and types of raised garden plots to be leased for six-month fall and spring gardening seasons. The garden now contains more than 20 plots, most already leased, with more being built to order.

Other members with skills ranging from plumbing to finance are doing tasks including fundraising, building a website and social media platforms, and sprucing up the playground next to the garden for children to play and work on their own garden plot.

The garden area should be open by 8 a.m. for members to have a short planning meeting and work in their gardens (pictured above) while cooking hot dogs to be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon. If you have questions, email Tom Blanton (Teacher’s Lawncare) at tomblanton@aol.com or leave a message at 817.822.0756. You can also check Eastside Community Garden group on Next Door West Meadowbrook site.

Community garden
Community garden

Neighbors can support the Garden by renting a plot of land. Prices range for small standard 4ft x 4ft plot, for $20, up to a deluxe 4’x8′ plot for $80.

The $20 fee is for 6-month lease or rental -of the standard (low to the ground) 4 by 4.

The 4×4 deluxe (higher up with metal) is $40 for 6 months; the 4 x 8 standard is $40 and the 4 x 8 deluxe is $80. All are for 6 months –the idea is 6 months for fall garden; ;6 months for spring.

Community garden

Your plot includes raised beds, quality soil, seeds or seedlings (when available), use of tools, water is available for hand watering, professional gardening advice and encouragement, as well as fun and fellowship with other gardeners.

During the current Covid pandemics, a few rules are in place for the health and safety of everyone participating. Wear a mask if others are nearby.

If you have questions, email Tom Blanton (Teacher’s Lawncare) at tomblanton@aol.com or leave a message at 817.822.0756.