Witt, Kersbergen quoted in Morning Sentinel article on Winslow community garden
University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff members Amy Witt and Richard Kersbergen were quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about the town of Winslow’s efforts to boost its community garden. After it was built seven years ago, the town’s community garden received so many requests that they had to add more beds, but over time, the garden has fallen out of use, according to the article. The town’s new Parks and Recreation director hopes to turn the area into one of the busiest spots in town this spring and summer by holding talks and classes there while improving the garden infrastructure, the article states. Witt, a horticulturist with UMaine Extension based in Cumberland County, said gardens can build a sense of community. “[Residents] get to meet neighbors and people they wouldn’t necessarily meet,” she said, adding the gardens are popular in Cumberland County towns. Richard Kersbergen, a UMaine Extension professor based in Waldo County, said gardens create an important system of support, as people are asking each other for advice. “It can build a lot of camaraderie between gardeners,” he said.