Westford's Community Gardens
About the Community GardensIn June, 2014, the Agricultural Commission led a session at the Town's Strategic Planning Retreat to receive feedback regarding priorities. One clear priority was to establish community gardens in town. Working with the Conservation Commission, 1 acre of land at the Day Field on Graniteville Road was designated for community gardens. Improvements to the land to support the garden were financed with CPC funds, approved at the March 28, 2015, Town Meeting with widespread support from residents, boards, and commissions. These improvements include safety enhancements to the entrance, a shed for storage, deer fencing, and tanks to hold water. The garden opened on May 15, 2015.
Since then, the garden has expanded to 1.7 acres. Also a well has been accessed for ground water and there are taps for water throughout the gardens.
Established in 2015, Westford Community Gardens has cultivated as much community as it has vegetables. Beautifully situated on an expanded 1.7 acres of land, the Gardens have grown to accommodate over 150 local gardeners. Westford Community Gardens not only offer residents and neighbors space to get their hands dirty and retreat to the outdoors, they also host regular community garden events and team working days. Whether you’re a longtime gardener or just starting out -- a family or an individual -- Westford Community Gardens is
Benefits of joining the Gardens
- Learn from all other gardeners
- Organic produce grown by you and fellow gardeners
- Fencing to keep deer out of your produce
- Running water at the garden
- Active online community for questions and sharing
- Children encouraged to join their families
- Cultural exchange
- Opportunities to participate in leadership positions
- Promotes healthy eating and exercise
- Storage shed
- Donate excess produce to local food pantry
- ...and so much more!
Note: the garden produce cannot be sold and is only to be picked by members.
Plot sizes and types availableThere are various sized plots available:
- 15x15 feet
- 15x30 feet
- 30x30 feet (annual and perennial)
- 30x45 feet (perennial only)
Perennial plots are a longer term commitment which can be retained if all requirements for garden community are met. Certain perennial plants may be left to come back year after year.
Westford Community Gardens is located at the Day Field, 40 Graniteville Road, near the intersection of Graniteville and Cold Spring Roads. Westford Community Gardens are open to members only.
Apply to join for Upcoming Summer Season
Join us! Registration for the upcoming summer season is now open. Applications are being accepted and posted here. Plots are available on a first come, first served basis. The application process will close once all plots are filled or March 15th, whichever comes first.
If you have questions, please contact the Westford Community Gardens organizers at .
Resources & Information for Planning Your Garden
For informational purposes only. Westford Community Gardens and the Agricultural Commission do not endorse any specific products listed on the following websites.
- Review a good overview discussing what organic gardening means.
- The CWG has ordered soil tests for the Community Gardens site, and will publish these finding to the Gardeners. Their homepage also has great information on other organic topics.
- Wondering how many plants to plant? Not sure if you want to eat spinach every day for the summer? Download our plant yield and planting quantity resources guide (PDF) for the planting/space/yield quantities you may want in your plot.
- Here are some links to google maps for places you will be able to find a wide variety of seedlings and seeds:
- Download our guidelines for plant care and watering (PDF).
- Here are the resources that we listed on the workshop handout (PDF).