History of the Huntingdon Community Food Garden

In the spring of 2016 we started the Huntingdon Community Food Garden. Central in our community, the garden is located on the corner of 5th and Moore Streets in Huntingdon.

This property has been maintained but had been sitting vacant for many years since it was previously used at the William Smith Elementary School. This project is a prime example of community revitalization; taking a property that was previously utilized by our community but sitting vacant and work to turn the space into a thriving garden. The location has become a central visiting site for community members to participate in gardening, volunteering, and donating produce back to our community. Each year, Huntingdon residents, volunteers, students, and organizations help at the Huntingdon Community Food Garden.

FAQ’s about our garden:

  1. How long has the garden been open?
    Spring of 2016 the garden plan was approved by the HCC Executive Committee.
  2. Was there a guide or plan that was followed in terms of community gardening?
    Nope. Just Nick Miller and his farming knowledge of in ground beds. We removed two vertical above ground beds that were on site and tilled 8 horizontal beds in the ground.
  3. What have been some of the biggest challenges the garden has faced?
    First year, deer/rabbits and getting volunteers. Second year, too many volunteers! Third year, expansion and fencing! Fourth year: COVID pandemic.
  4. How many people from the community are involved?
    The land is owned by the Borough and leased to Huntingdon Community Center. We started the Garden Crew Members in the spring of 2017. We have had a different business or organization sign up for one month from May – September. They agree to come each month with 4-8 volunteers to assist with planting, mowing, mulching, weeding, harvesting, and watering.
  5. What is done with the food that is produced?
    The Borough and HCC both asked that we donate all produce locally. We donate to several organizations around town.
  6. How did you decide what would be planted?
    Mostly items that could withstand extremes and non-gardening tendencies. Fragile plants aren’t a great choice with little-handed volunteers. We have some weeks with rain for days and others that we are in a drought and are unable to water. We have stuck with a few main items and hope to expand offerings as the garden grows.