Since the beginning of the school year, AHS Senior Oceanna Schnirman has been hard at work with Andover Planning Board member, Ann Knowles, to create Andover’s very own community garden. Once approved, publicizing the garden and planning rules and regulations for the site was the next challenge that the team faced, but after a few months, the Andover Community Garden (ACG) finally opened on Saturday, March 30, 2016 across from the compost site on High Plain Road. 

Schnirman believes that a garden will “form a greater sense of community in the town, because there are so many people that live in Andover, so we wanted to bring all of those people together in one place so that they can work together and be outside and grow their own food.” As part of the Environmental Sustainability Internship here at AHS, Schnirman went through a long process to get the plans for the garden up and running. In December, Schnirman spoke to the Conservation Commission in the town to gain approval for her project.

The new garden just received a 501(c)3 status, making it a non-profit organization. The garden opened at 10am and thirty people attended. Everyone worked until 2pm building the garden together, laying mulch, and spreading compost throughout the plots. Schnirman was really proud of the turnout and said, “It was a great event with a lot of excitement and dedication from the community members who came to support and build the garden.”

Schnirman herself will be planting in the garden, and encourages others to participate as well. Pricing is one dollar per square foot, and plots are available in forty and eighty square feet. “Come out to the community garden, it’s a great way to spend your day,” said Schnirman with a smile. “Get plants that you want, so you’ll have vegetables to enjoy, and don’t forget to water them.”

By Rhea Singh and Mari Nagahara