Students volunteer to re-mulch community garden beds

Foran High School teacher Bill Domeracki with students Nick Popel, Brandon Popel and Roger Bernard completing a mulching project at the city’s community gardens.

When a sizable re-mulching project needed to be done at Milford’s community gardens at Eisenhower Park, three Foran High School students stepped forward to take on the task.

Nick Popel, Brandon Popel and Roger Bernard, all students from Bill Domeracki’s Power Technology Auto Shop class, heard about the re-mulching project of the 400-foot North Street side perennial flower bed and attached 50-foot kiosk section, and they showed up June 10 to do the work.

In a few short hours the students had the huge expanse fully re-mulched and looking beautiful, according to Community Gardens Supervisor Linda Ball. She said the work would not have gotten done if not for their volunteering

“They donated their time because they love to help when help is needed and they are all extremely community minded,” Ball said. “Their volunteer time and efforts are greatly appreciated.”

Domeracki added, “They are three awesome teens who have very generous hearts and are always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to helping others.”

The Benson-Crump Memorial Community Gardens Program is located at 624 North Street in Milford and encompasses 135 plots and 250 active participants on four acres of land. It is the oldest community gardens in southern Connecticut, established in 1968. It has been a practicing organic garden since 1991.

Since 2013 it has been the recipient of the Connecticut Food Bank’s Certificate of Appreciation for the Plant a Row for the Hungry program.

Individuals interested in volunteering at the Benson-Crump Program may call Linda Ball at 203-214-3407.

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