WOODBRIDGE >> First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized community gardens managers Thera and Andy Stack as the August Woodbridge People of the Month.

Scalettar initiated the Woodbridge Person of the Month recognition program to spotlight people who go “above and beyond” the expected in their dedication and commitment to the town and its residents.

Since 2006 the Stacks have managed the gardens at the town-owned Fitzgerald Field. The gardens and adjacent walking track around the cornfield are used regularly by many residents.

“The volunteer efforts of Thera and Andy support the natural beauty and the environmental health of our great town, and I thank them for their commitment both to Woodbridge and to the environment,” said Scalettar.

Shortly after the Stacks moved to Woodbridge in 1997 they began gardening at the community gardens. Andy Stack became the gardens’ treasurer and then the two became managers.

Andy Stack is also an appointed member of the first selectman’s committee on best organic practices on which he is an advocate for the environment and the community gardens.

There are 110 community garden plots and most have been rented.

The Stacks take on the behind-the-scenes organizational tasks associated with the gardens, including collecting the fee from gardeners, assigning plots, ensuring water supply and enforcing rules, such as the town’s organic-only policy on town-owned land.

Many residents’ yards are shaded and the community garden plots, in full-sun, are a riot of flowers, vegetable gardens, a native shrub garden and a rose garden.

The community gardens were created in 1975, shortly after the town acquired the property.

To nominate a town employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, contact Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org or 203-389-3403.