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on May 09, 2013 at 8:37 PM, updated May 09, 2013 at 8:45 PM A community garden ordinance is on the path to adoption in Carlisle, but some residents asked council to add some tighter teeth.
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Stacy Sanders and Josiah Keller (front), members of Carlisle Alliance Church, at the farm stand where vegetables grown in the church’s plot are shared with the community. In the background are Mark and Beth Groninger, who help run the garden.submitted photo
Sharon Harrow of South Pitt Street said she believes there should be additional safety and maintenance regulations than have been proposed in a draft recommended by the planning commission.
Council asked the solicitor to draw up the ordinance based on the planning commission recommendation, and a public hearing will be held at 6:40 p.m. July 11 for further input.
Harrow said she is favor of community gardens, but believes there needs to be language dealing with standing water, who is in charge of maintenance, privacy and pesticides, and that a nominal fee should be charged for a permit. She and several others displayed large photos of the Dickinson College community garden as an example of what they don’t want to see in a community garden.
But Ann Dailey, manager of the college garden, came to its defense, saying the reason the garden isn’t tidy is because it is being moved to another site so that the land can be used for an athletic field. In the past the garden has been on tours and received an award from Carlisle Garden Club, Dailey said.
After the meeting, Harrow said she doesn’t live near a community garden, but is supporting a friend who lives in the neighborhood where one has been proposed. That person’s concern led to consideration of the ordinance, which is needed because the zoning ordinance had no provision for such gardens.
Bruce Koziar, borough planning and codes enforcement officer, based the proposed ordinance on a model ordinance drawn up by Cumberland County Planning Commission and other municipalities. He said it will be up to council whether to add some additional provisions of the other ordinances.
Best management practices have been added to the ordinance, would include not allowing standing water, hours that abide by borough sound and light restrictions, proper storing of tools, disposing of trash and having a fall clean-up.
Under the proposed ordinance, community gardens would need a free permit, and would be allowed to grow food for donation, but not to sell at a farm stand. On-site composting would be allowed, provided it doesn’t produce odors and pests. The gardeners would have to show there is sufficient parking, post no more than one sign per road frontage and abide by setback regulations.———— This is the birth of a new age of healthy food. Raised bed, Rooftop, square-foot gardening and the like are being ushered in. I will say it AGAIN when there are no more non-GMO’s and Frack-water is your only water, you won’t give a damn about fall clean-up. My hat is off to Dickinson, I know you’ll do it right. You’re lawyers, screw them and sue them if they don’t like it. ƒƒƒ www.noharmtothefarm.com