The Weston Road Gardens are currently administered by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission
In 2016, a $1,000 grant from The Fund For Wellesley enabled a group of Mandarin-speaking Wellesley residents to garden the 4C Plot at the Weston Road Community Gardens this summer.
The Natural Resources Commission worked with volunteers from the Wellesley Village Church, which leases the plot, Mandarin-speaking students from the Wellesley Youth Commission who helped with the farming, and the Wellesley Housing Authority and Wellesley Council on Aging who assisted with transportation, to make this project go.
The 4C Garden provides fresh vegetables for the Morton Circle residents, and any extra vegetables are donated to the Wellesley Food Pantry. What an amazing project!
Continuing a long history of food donations, a number of gardeners recently donated rhubarb to the Women's Lunch Place in Boston.
From their FB page: Chef Sherry kept asking us if we knew where she could get some rhubarb and now we know why! The incredibly generous gardeners of Wellesley's Weston Road Community Gardens at the North 40 (under the purview of the Wellesley Natural Resorces Commission) came to our rescue, growing, cutting and delivering the rhubarb Sherry used to make this tart and tasty strawberry rhubarb pie!
The advent of World War II elicited a patriotic response from Wellesley College, which granted requests from town residents to establish Victory Gardens on a portion of the Botany
Department land, by then known as The Weston Road Laboratories. Fred Campbell, 91, of Weston was a private in the army in those days, and remembers riding by the Weston Road Victory Gardens. "With
rationing, they helped to ease the national food shortage, freeing up goods for the troops," he says. The College even housed caretakers at 146 Weston Road, "to look out for the gardens," in exchange
for rent. Text and photo from The Coveted North 40, Wellesley Weston Magazine, Winter 2014/2015
Article 6 Permitted Exceptions: Future Development Conditions
6.02 (e): The Buyer will commit to maintain, for a period of at least three (3) years after the Closing, a “community garden” at some location within the property, substantially similar in nature to that which currently exists along the Weston Road boundary. The existing garden area contains approximately two and one-half acres (excluding the access road) and contains approximately fifty (50) gardening plots used by town residents, plus an adjacent area of approximately one acre, containing approximately twenty (20) plots that are used solely by the Seller. During such time as the Buyer maintains the “community garden,” whether on the Property or elsewhere, Wellesley College students and staff shall have exclusive access to and use of at least 2 plots of a size substantially the same as the current plot size (approximately 25 feet by 40 feet each), subject to such reasonable regulations or conditions as are, from time to time, generally applicable to residents or other users, except that such Wellesley College use will not lapse without the written consent of the Seller, or be subject o any lottery or other user selection process that may, from time to time, be in effect.
Explore the North 40 Weekend!
The Wellesley Conservation Council, Natural Resources Commission, and Wellesley Trails Committee are teaming up for two great ways to get outside and Explore the North 40 this weekend:
Saturday, September 28th (10-11AM)
Explore the North 40 trails! Use the new boardwalk to visit the vernal pool, check out the community gardens, and hike though woodlands and a pine forest on this easy and enjoyable walk. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located at the end of Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Sponsored by Wellesley Trails Committee.
Sunday, September 29th (1-2PM)
Calling citizen scientists of all ages! Help us inventory the bio-diversity at the North 40. Download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone, then photograph insects, plants, and animals. iNaturalist online scientists will identify, map, and record your findings for future research. Meet at the gate to Morses Pond, located on Turner Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road. Presented by the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Conservation Council.
The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee had a discussion of the North 40 deed restriction at its September 11 meeting.
The skies cleared for a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the boardwalk at the North 40 Vernal Pool, which provides both access and protection to this important resource.
Selectman Jack Morgan and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt addressed the large crowd in attendance, and lead volunteer Bill Giezentanner had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The boardwalk was funded by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and built with over 500 hours of volunteer labor.
See the video about the boardwalk here.
There's even a video:
Over 500 People Explored the North 40!
Frank Lloyd Wright