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Garden Project Breaks Ground Behind Francis Wyman April 24, 2013

Posted by Sean Musselman in Burlington Community, Science Center.

Planned garden location in yellow

The fields behind Francis Wyman are about to get a whole lot greener!

The Burlington Science Center, in cooperation with the Burlington Recreation Department is taking the first steps towards the construction of an agricultural center designed to benefit the children and community of Burlington. The site, approved Tuesday, April 23rd by the Burlington School Committee, currently stands as an unused three-acre plot behind Francis Wyman Elementary and the fields adjacent to Laurel Lane.

The Science Center envisions the project will evolve over several years to include community gardens, a community supported plot for needy families, a field test and training garden, and an education center. In anticipation of utilizing and developing the area next year, we will be incorporating loam and organic matter to the soil this year.

Peter Coppola, former Planning Board Member and Recreation Department Commissioner, has been asked to serve as project manager under the direction of the Science Center and will be the point of contact for this effort. Peter is a Master Gardener and has been teaching and writing on the subject of agriculture in Burlington for over ten years.

The Science Center is thrilled to break ground on this project and gives thanks to the Burlington School Committee, Burlington Superintendent of Schools, Eric Conti, and Burlington Director of Finance and Operations, Craig Robinson for their support!

Proposed garden location

Proposed garden location.

View of Francis Wyman from garden

View of Francis Wyman from garden.

Loam to be spread on garden location

Loam to be spread on garden location.

Loam to be spread on garden location

Loam to be spread on garden location.

Current Laurel Lane entrance

Current Laurel Lane entrance.


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