WESTERNPORT - Sarah Llewellyn, a third-grade teacher at Westernport Elementary School, brought an idea of implementing a community garden to the Westernport council members during the government meeting on Tuesday evening.

By Jean Braithwaite

Tribune Correspondent

WESTERNPORT - Sarah Llewellyn, a third-grade teacher at Westernport Elementary School, brought an idea of implementing a community garden to the Westernport council members during the government meeting on Tuesday evening.
She gave the example of how the city of Frostburg is involved with community garden and, “It is a huge operation” of having fresh vegetables available.
Telling the town council members that a necessity for a community garden would be raised beds, Llewellyn said because, “We don’t know what was in the soil before.”
Naming a water supply, plenty of natural light and a fenced area as requirements, she said a community garden would “take an effort.”
Mayor Tim Jackson gave a suggestion of using the former swimming pool area, saying, “A fence is in place up there.”
He was not sure of the overall dimensions of that area, leading Llewellyn to say, “Whatever you give us, we will use it,” to start a community garden.
She said that she had learned in planting vegetables, “If you grow it, then more than likely it will be used.”
Llewellyn did ask about empty lots “down on the level” area of Westernport, and Jackson said, “Down here it is river bed.”
Finance commissioner Allen Shapiro pointed out that on Maryland Avenue several properties will be condemned, and, “They will come down,” and that area could be a decent location for a community garden.
Llewellyn spoke about the importance of children eating healthy choices, and the community garden could make those choices accessible for them.
She said that to have a productive community garden by next year, “We would have to start by February or March.”