Village re-ups with Common Ground Garden

SARANAC LAKE — The village has renewed its agreement with the Common Ground Garden for another season.

The village provides the group with water and land for a community garden at the former village landfill off of Willow Way and McKenzie Pond Road. Its’ one of two Common Ground Garden sites; the other is on land owned by Adirondack Health on Old Lake Colby Road .

Common Ground Garden Director Andea Audi said the Willow Way site is often used by newcomers to Saranac Lake.

“Year after year, a lot of people who garden there are people who’ve just relocated to town, don’t have a place to grow and don’t know many people,” she said. “The garden is a place where they find something they don’t find in properties that they may be renting, and they find community.”

Audi said Common Ground Garden volunteers also take thousands of pounds of food waste out of the waste stream every year by picking up compost from Lake View Deli and Origin Coffee Co. The group also grows food for the local food pantry and offers educational workshops that are open to the public.

Audi said Common Ground Garden is also partnering this year with Adk Action, The Wild Center and the Lake Placid Land Conservancy on the Adirondack Pollinator Project, which will distribute 30,000 free seed packets to home and property owners so they can grow plants that attract bees and other pollinators. A series of lectures and film showings are planned this summer as part of the project.

“That’s just a handful of the things we do,” Audi said. “I think for what we take, we give back tenfold. Most of the people we serve live in the village, and for those who don’t, it brings them into the village to use services and get to know people. We have people of all walks — diverse viewpoints, ages, relationships — that truly do build community as part of a common effort to do something good for mind and body.”

The village board voted unanimously to renew its agreement with Common Ground Garden for the season. It runs through Nov. 1.

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