The Community Garden at Strawbery Banke
The Community Garden was founded on the idea of preserving green space, providing relaxation and recreation, and fostering community spirit. Providing underutilized space at the museum to gardeners from the Seacoast community, nearly three dozen gardeners from all walks of life participate in the project by maintaining their own sections of raised beds.
Community Garden partners learn and practice organic gardening practices, reap a nutritious harvest, enjoy monthly gatherings, and donate excess produce to the community. In addition, Community Gardeners are asked to become Strawbery Banke Museum Members, utilize organic practices and grow at least one heirloom crop to help keep the tradition of backyard gardening alive.
- Gather Food Pantry
- Slow Food Seacoast
- Heirloom Harvest Project
- UNH Cooperative Extension
- Seacoast Eat Local
- Piscataqua Seed Project
- UNH Brewing Science Lab
- Seacoast Permaculture Group
- Clippers Farm to School
In 2012, Strawbery Banke accepted the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire’s invitation to plant a Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial Cherry Tree in the Community Garden. This Yoshino cherry tree is descended from the iconic Washington DC cherry trees – a gift to the US from Japan in 1912 in thanks for American help in ending the Russo-Japanese War. The Portsmouth Peace Treaty was negotiated and signed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in view of the garden; and the Living Memorial is dedicated to those, like the Shapiros, who practiced the “citizen diplomacy” that led to a successful outcome and President Theodore Roosevelt’s Nobel Peace Prize.
For more information about the Community Garden or to become a Community Garden partner, please contact horticulture[at]sbmuseum.org