Community Garden at Canoe Meadows

community garden at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary
 

More Than Just Gardening 

“Canoe Meadows gardeners have developed great friendships over the years,” according to Diane Wetzel, Master Gardener.

“They love to share their knowledge of growing vegetables with novices while enjoying the spectacular view of the Berkshires.”

 
Canoe Meadows Community Garden

Looking to start a garden but need a space to do it? The Community Garden at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield has been welcoming organic green thumbs to its 4.5-acre garden for more than 30 years. Several gardeners even describe it as “the most scenic location to plant a garden in Berkshire County.”

From May through October, approximately 100 gardeners grow their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs in our garden. Prior to the start of the season, we offer a free workshop on organic gardening, including its benefits and practical tips. The season ends with a festive Harvesters and Helpers Cookout.

Requirements

In order to participate, all new gardeners must attend a free organic gardening workshop at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox in late April. Gardeners in the program are also required to sign a pledge committing them to organic gardening practices. 

While required for all new gardeners, the workshop is also a welcome refresher for returning ones. Led by a Master Gardener, you'll receive information about the benefits of organic gardening as well as practical advice on how to incorporate this approach in your garden.

Community Garden Information

  • The garden plots measure 15 ft x 20 ft each.
  • Each plot can be rented for $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers.
  • Gardeners may rent multiple plots if they wish.
  • We also have 4 accessible raised bed gardens—please call for more information.  

How to Apply

Online registration for garden plots opens late March/early April. 

If you are interested in renting one or more plots this summer and would like to find out more information, please call 413-637-0320 or email berkshires@massaudubon.org

You may also register for a plot when you attend the organic gardening workshop.