In The Garden at 485 Elm, everyone grows all crops together. Everyone picks from the same beds of greens, the same tomato plants, the same herb boxes.
One of the most common questions about the garden is, “How do you divide the food shares?”
There’s plenty of food for all the gardeners here and our households. In fact, there’s so much food that during the more productive parts of the season, we donate food to free community lunches on Mondays at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and on Wednesdays at the Christ Episcopal Church.
We grow a few “boutique” crops with more limited shares, such as celeriac, kohlrabi, and okra. When they’re ready to eat, we’ll let people know how much per gardener. But that’s the exception.