Over the Edge, For Community Gardens!

Do you believe in the transformative power of community gardens in our Downtown neighborhoods? We do, and are passionate about creating opportunities for the community to grow together!

Do you believe in the transformative power of community gardens in our Downtown neighborhoods? We do, and are passionate about creating opportunities for the community to grow together!

The Great American Downtown team is going “Over the Edge” in support of the Gate City Community Gardens program! With your support, these six brave souls will rappel from the top of the 20 story Brady Sullivan Plaza to raise awareness of and funds for the program. Thank you to the United Way of Greater Nashua for inviting us to participate in this exciting event!

Not familiar with GCCG? Established as a grassroots initiative in 2013, and brought under the 501c3 wing of Great American Downtown in 2016 – we operate a 24 bed community garden, called the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail Community Garden – which is located… along the Nashua Heritage Rail Trail 🙂 in Nashua’s Tree Streets Neighborhood.

We strive to make our garden open and accessible to all! The garden application process is geared toward connecting neighbors, regardless of skill level, or ability to pay. We offer a no questions asked Garden Scholarship program to any applicant who expresses that that our modest $35 annual plot fee would be prohibitive. Through our program, we also partner with area agencies to provide clients with disabilities access to their own patch of green space, and the opporunty to experience the therapeutic benefits of growing their own food and flowers!

Where are we headed? With your support, we will look to continue to grow our garden. With a 2016 lease expansion approved by the City of Nashua – we have room to at least double the total number of beds at this garden location and develop a publicly accessible permaculture space, with fruit trees, bushes, and other edible plants that can be harvested by folks from the neighborhood, or out and about exploring the rail trail. Funds raised through Over the Edge will go toward that expansion, as well as the maintenance of the garden, and education opportunities for our gardeners and the broader community!

Our goal is to raise $3,000 by June 1st, and at least $6,000 by June 20th! We know that with the support of our community, the daring of our team will be rewarded with even more opportunities for our neighbors to grow together for many years to come. Please consider making a donation in any amount at the team fundraising page immediately below, or at the link for an individual you would like to support a little further down.

Team donations can me made here: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/edge2018/team/GreatAmericanDowntown

Alright! Enough about the why- lets talk about the who! We are pleased to introduce the 2018 Great American Downtown Over the Edge team! Please consider making a donation at their link below, and leaving a note of encouragement here on the event page, or along with your donation 🙂

Chelsea Dennis
-Chelsea is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Great American Downtown and Marketing Coordinator for Bellavance Beverage. Chelsea also has a passion for cheerleading and works as the Varsity Lancer Cheerleading Coach at Londonderry High School.

Laurie Hayes Galbo
-Laurie serves as the 2nd Vice President on GAD’s Board of Directors and is a Downtown Nashua business owner. Laurie has owned Nashua Coins and Collectibles with her husband for over 30 years. Laurie is excited to raise funds for Gate City Community Gardens and to be a part of bettering her community!

Carolyn Walley
-Carolyn is active in her community as the Marketing Coordinator for Great American Downtown, Business Outreach and Promotions Director for Positive Street Art and Marketing Manager for Fody’s Great American Tavern. She has a passion to be involved and is excited to be a part of this unique way to raise money for her community!

Alyssa O’Mara
-Alyssa is a self-described “holistic beauty expert” and a “kundalini yogi”. She is active in the community and will be going Over the Edge for the second time. Last year, she was able to reach her goal for raising funds for Bridges of Nashua. She is excited to be going Over the Edge again this year for Great American Downtown and Gate City Community Gardens!

Craig Michaud
-Craig is an dedicated Nashuan and enjoys photographing different aspects of Nashua’s community – often posting his work on the facebook group for which he manages, Nashua, NH- Past, Present and Future. It was a no-brainer for him when he was asked to be a part of the Great American Downtown team and he is excited to take part in this year’s Over the Edge!

Phillip Laks
-Phil is fresh off of a successful run of Sister Act with Actorsingers and is ready to go Over the Edge for Gate City Community Gardens! Funds raised by our team will support expansion of this program through the purchase of materials for garden expansion, replacement of older raised beds as they break down, purchase of plants, garden equipment and materials, water bills, and support education programming and garden scholarships.

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