LOCKPORT – The organizers of Imagine Community Gardens, a faith-based not-for-profit group, are expected to go before the Common Council tonight to seek a permit for their second garden in the city.
Imagine last year bought a lot at Ontario and Hawley streets, and that’s where the second garden would be located, president Robert J. Zima and vice president Richard M. Tedeschi told the city Planning Board on Monday.
That board approved the idea, but the Council has the final say on the special-use permit.
In March, Imagine won city approval for a garden at Washburn and South streets, which the organizers said turned out to be a major success.
“The residents have really welcomed it and really take care of it,” Zima said.
Tedeschi said each of the 25 gardening beds produced at least $300 worth of fruits or vegetables. “That’s a conservative figure,” he said.
The Washburn Street garden, which will resume in the spring, was managed by the Chapel at CrossPoint in Amherst and its Lockport affiliate.
The Ontario Street site is to be managed by two Lockport churches, Faith Tabernacle and Refuge Temple.
Five to 10 of the 25 garden beds are taken by members of the managing churches, while the others are given to residents in the surrounding neighborhood. Seeds or plants are given away, and the growers, chosen by application, are required to give 10 percent of the yield to their neighbors.
The 25 beds, measuring 4 by 12 feet, are laid out in five H-shaped blocks or “pods.” The layout creates two 4-foot-by-4-foot beds at the intersections of the crossbar of the H with the vertical lines. Those smaller beds also are planted, with the yield given to a local food pantry.
The new garden, like the existing one, will be surrounded by a chain-link fence, but Zima said it won’t be locked.
“They’re going to police it themselves,” Planning Board member David C. Chamberlain said. “This will be a real nice addition to that corner.”
The fruits and vegetables grown are selected to do well in small beds, which are raised containers of organic soil rather than the naturally occurring dirt in the lot.