Wildwood Farms Community Garden
History of the Garden
The community garden movement has been gaining ground throughout the country and, after meetings held by the City to gauge interest, it was determined there was substantial support for developing such in Wildwood. The City wanted to encourage this type of community activity, thus the Department of Planning, with the approval of City Council, constructed the infrastructure for the first Wildwood Farms Community Garden in 2011.
The original Garden grounds, located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Taylor Road, was leased to the City by Ed Kohn and Robert Greenberg of Greenberg Development Company. It began with 45 4x8-foot raised planter beds and, over the subsequent 7 years, grew to 136 plots. With economic growth steadily increasing in the Town Center Area, this prominent corner property gained considerable attention, resulting in the termination of the leased space to make way for a mixed-use project approved by the City Council in 2018.
Given the Garden’s substantial support by the City Council, its Management Team, and members, the City elected to continue this community endeavor for those residents who remain vested in it and, based upon the lengthy waiting list, future gardeners as well! After careful consideration of several options for the relocation of the Garden, City Council ultimately approved the use of a vacant portion of the 4-acre City Hall property and site preparations began immediately in March 2019.
Features of the New Garden
Located at the southwest corner of 16860 Main Street, approximately 30,000 square feet of fenced area holds 150 plots, consisting of 4x12-foot raised planter beds and 4x4-foot ADA-compatible 'tables.' The new garden accommodates current and new members, as well as improved water supply, shade structures, tool shed, and storage area for mulch and compost, with adjacent parking to the south of City Hall. Additionally, accommodations at this site will also allow for future expansion to either the east or west of this location.
Become a Member of the Garden
If you have any questions or would like to put your name on the waiting list for a garden plot, please submit an online form, or contact the Department of Planning: Joe Vujnich, Director, at 636-458-0440, ext. 115, or Terri Gaston, Senior Planner, at 636-458-0440, ext. 118.