Let’s Get Growing! 
Help spread the word! Beginning on March 1st, the Transition Community Garden at Ellen Memorial is accepting applications from area residents who would like to garden with us in the 2012 growing season. The community garden is located on the grounds at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center on Golf Hill Road, just minutes from downtown Honesdale. Would-be gardeners from Honesdale and the surrounding area are invited to apply. The fee to become a member of the garden is based on a sliding scale reflecting ability to pay.

Our 25 garden plots come in two sizes: 15 full-size plots (4’x16’) and 10 half-size plots (4’x8’).

While anyone is eligible to apply for a garden plot, special consideration will be given to people without a backyard of their own to construct a garden and to people without good food security such as clients of WIC, SNAP and local food pantries. We also encourage employees and family members of residents at Ellen Memorial to become garden members.
To receive an application and/or fee schedule, or to indicate interest in helping as a volunteer at the garden, contact Jane at or 570.253.5711. Or email
How We Got Started
Transition Honesdale—a local, two-year-old organization—is one of several hundred Transition Towns around the world. Transition is a grassroots movement that works to promote individual self-sufficiency and community resilience in the face of challenging economic times. Each local Transition Town sets its own agenda and launches its own projects. The community garden was Transition Honesdale’s first major project.
Last spring, Bob Zabady, owner of Ellen Memorial, agreed to host the community garden, and Transition Honesdale began to raise funds and accept in-kind donations to construct the garden. In April, 2011, a group of intrepid volunteers completed 19 of the 25 planned raised-bed garden plots, and wood-chip paths. Our partner, Mr. Zabady, built a fence and a comfortable shed and patio for all to sit and enjoy the garden.
A wide variety of gardeners—from a group of disabled adults to a college professor to an employee of the nursing home, and others, as well as some receiving food assistance—enjoyed a successful gardening season. Gardeners generously donated 10 percent of their harvest to the nursing home so residents could enjoy fresh-picked produce.

Where We Go from Here
This spring, the remaining six raised beds will be completed, and volunteers will be needed to finish this work. When a schedule of work-parity days is available, it will be posted on the website. In addition, two wheelchair-accessible raised beds will be built thanks to the generosity of the Honesdale Jaycees.
Donations of cash to support the work of the community garden are welcome. These funds will help pay for native plants, perennial flowers and shrubs, as well as tools, general maintenance and upkeep.
If you would like to donate enough to cover the cost of a bench, Transition Honesdale agrees to put your name or your organization’s name on a permanent plaque.  For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Jane at
Finally in 2012, the Transition Community Garden plans to expand its educational mission by holding a wide range of gardening classes and DIY workshops open to the public. Workshops will include how to build a cold frame, how to make a worm bed, and how to construct a rain barrel. Experienced gardeners will share their expertise and mentor beginners on such matters as preparing your soil, how to start seeds to get seedlings, planting herbs and perennials, and more. We welcome ideas for more educational opportunities that will be open to the greater Honesdale community.
Please direct any questions to Jane at