The lettuce, peas, parsley, tarragon, edible flowers and kale are ready. Eggplant, tomatoes, and more are on the way. Asparagus is planted. The Highland Green Community Garden enters its second year.

The garden serves as a fun and rewarding activity for Highland Green residents so inclined and as a charitable benefit for the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program Food Pantry. The Community Garden group is led by Barbara Combs who relocated to Highland Green from North Dakota with her husband Jerry in 2015 and Michelle Borodinsky from Maryland who chose Highland Green with her husband Les in 2011.

The garden blooms from a seed planted by Mt. Ararat High School student Lauren Grant who came up with the idea nearly two years ago as part of her senior capstone community service project. You can read her story here.

The Highland Green Community Garden is a first come first served “pick your own” operation. Users pay for produce on the honor system and the majority of the proceeds are donated to the Food Pantry. The remainder goes back into the garden so it is self-sustaining.