VINES, American Civic Association announces new community garden in Binghamton

VINES Garden Presentation
VINES Garden Presentation(Luke Meade)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 8:15 PM EDT
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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Local nonprofit VINES is partnering with the American Civic Association to create a new gardening space for community members in the city of Binghamton.

Vines held a presentation this evening at 105 Oak Street in Binghamton, an empty lot that is planning on being repurposed into a new community garden.

Members from the area will be able to use soil plots to plant different sorts of fruits such as plums, pears, and strawberries. 12 News spoke with Amelia Lodolce , the executive director of VINES about the nonprofit and the gardens they make.

“What happens at a community garden, a VINES community garden is that people can rent out each individual bed, and what they grow in those beds is for themselves and their families,” said Lodolce.

Using gardening plots is a much safer way to grow crops in urban areas due to pollution in the soil. An increased amount of harmful materials like lead in soil can be very harmful to both people and plants.

“So we are helping people gain access to healthy food by giving them a safe garden bed in which to grow, which is very important considering lead contamination is a big issue in Binghamton.” according to Amelia Lodolce.

This garden would be the 22nd garden in the Binghamton area, and it is set to be built this fall on Sept 9.

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