PLATTSBURGH - For many years, the late Mary Hulbert gardened in the lot next to Hulbert Bros. Inc. on State Route 3. Now, the Plattsburgh Community Garden Group will honor her memory with the groundbreaking of their second garden location.
Doug Butdorf, director of PCGG, said he was contacted by Hulbert Bros. to consider utilizing the green space.
"They came to us in that memorial spirit to ask us if we wanted to garden in their garden spot," Butdorf explained. "It's also the opportunity for a new location and we are very excited to be partnering with them and create a garden in that location."
However, to get the Mary Hulbert Memorial Community Garden prepared for its first season, work needs to begin now.
"On the 10th we will be doing a ground breaking," said Butdorf. "The work of reclaiming that garden and its overgrowth of the last several years and turning it back into and preparing the soil for a nice allotment style garden for the 2011 growing season."
The 10th is also known as 10/10/10 Global Work Party - an event put together by 350.org, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire people to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis.
"What we think that the benefit of gardens is for climate change is that when you grow your own produce, you reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are needed to grow the vegetables that you would otherwise purchase at the supermarket," Butdorf said. "Plus, we think people will be healthier. They'll be spending more time outdoors, digging in the dirt."
"We hope that those things help connect them to the soil and the earth," he added, "and subsequently help provide them with some understanding of what it is to live here on this planet."
However, to make the 10/10/10 event a success, Butdorf said action needs to be taken locally and politically.
"Growing gardens in a public space for personal consumption will certainly have some small affect, but the larger effect is the visibility to the community that we're taking these steps and that we're interested and active in taking these steps," he said.
To clear the space, Butdorf is hoping community members will step up to the plate, bring their gardening tools and spend the day recreating the garden.
"We're hoping to attract anyone in the community ... who wants to help us grow that garden or build that garden, and also who wants to take a step in this Global Work Day for climate change," said Butdorf. "Anyone's welcome."
Butdorf added the day will be hard work both in gardening and on a political level.
"Our hope is to have Congressman [Bill] Owens there as well as some other local political people and other people so we can really build an event," he said.
The event will be held next Sunday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.plattsburghcommunitygarden.org, or visit the event page on Facebook by searching "Mary Hulbert Community Garden Ground Breaking."