Great Friends Community Garden
Great Friends Community Garden | 21 Farewell Street, Newport, RI, 02840
URI Master Gardeners serve as mentors and educators to the gardeners and children who grow at Newport’s first community garden! The Great Friends Community Garden is located in a vibrant section of Newport off Broadway, within walking distance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, low-income housing, RIPTA bus stops, and several restaurants.
The garden is situated on a historic property adjacent to the Great Friends Meeting House built in 1699 which is now owned by the Newport Historical Society. This community garden is a project of Aquidneck Community Table, a non-profit group which aims to improve access to healthy local food for all while fostering awareness and understanding of the vital relationships between health, environment, agriculture and a thriving local economy.
URI Master Gardeners serve as mentors to the community gardeners who grow at the Great Friends Community Garden. Each community gardener is responsible for his or her own plot, from planting to harvesting but may seek advice and planting tips from Master Gardeners.
On Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm, children ages 6 to 10 from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center visit their designated community garden plot. Master Gardeners will engage with the children and teach them where their food comes from and the basics of botany. The Master Gardeners will help the children tend their plot and show them how to plant, water, harvest, and weed. URI Master Gardeners will engage with the children from the MLK Center and share their knowledge and expertise with the diverse group of community gardeners.
During other times, URI Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions from the community gardeners and share gardening advice. The Master Gardeners may also work towards maintaining the bordering berry bushes or tend to the Newport Historical Society’s historic plantings which are also part of the community garden. If interested, Master Gardeners may also assist in our workshop series which are open to community gardeners and the general public.