Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

June 5, 2014

Honor Strawberry Hill Farm tradition with communal garden

As 50-year residents of Andover, my wife and I have enjoyed the availability of fresh produce from Strawberry Hill Farm for many of these years. The cool-weather crops would be expected near this time of season. Jason Pellitier and Peter Loosigian were always happy to chat.

There was never a suggestion that farming was anything but daylight-limited, hard physical work.

News that the farm’s 9.3 acres would be developed for housing and assisted living marks a turn in town history inevitable in demographic flow.

As a town very committed to its record of history, it is suggested to the Planning Board that the Loosigian’s page be honored by inclusion of a communal garden space within the new development for the use, pleasure and recreation of the occupants. Perennial and annual vegetables and flowers can be cultivated along with fruit trees and berry patches. My estimate of a reasonable area might be one-quarter acre. Division into a few sectors would facilitate design and convenience.

It is my hope that plans can accept this concept at this time.

Peter and Suzanne Price

Johnson Road

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