Wildwood Farms Community Garden
History of the Garden
Since March 2011, the City of Wildwood has offered a community garden for Wildwood residents. 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 garden to grow.
A 7,000 square foot area at the corner of Main Street and Taylor Road was leased to the city by Ed Kohn and Robert Greenberg of Greenberg Development Company. The city prepared the site by:
- Constructing 45 4-by-8-foot raised planter beds
- Creating a water supply connection
- Installing deer-proof fencing
- Installing rock and mulch pathways
- Providing composted soil
Subsequently, these planter beds were provided to the residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. The community garden was named Wildwood Farms by a suggestion and subsequent vote of the gardeners. To this end, the interest in this project has been overwhelming and the city created a waiting list for other residents wanting a garden plot in the future.
After one (1) year from the garden's inception, the city, along with the Wildwood Farms Garden Management Team, expanded the garden area by doubling its size to accommodate additional residents. Again, these planter beds were provided to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis and, like 2011, filled quickly. After expansions in 2016 and 2017, the garden now contains more than 130 raised planter beds. Some of these plots become available on an annual basis to those on the waiting list each season!
Getting a Plot
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.