Community garden plan on hold in North Stonington

North Stonington - The Board of Selectmen tabled a community garden plan for the Hewitt Farm property Tuesday night.

At the meeting, Hewitt Farm Committee Co-Chairman Nita Kincaid made her case to selectmen for starting a community garden on a small plot of land behind the property's Greene Gables house. The proposal was initially brought to the committee by resident Mary Ann Ricker in November.

"This needed to be something that would add to the property," Kincaid said. "The aesthetics were important to us."

Kincaid described the months-long process of fleshing out a feasible and appropriate plan that would suit the town-owned land, and emphasized that the newly founded Hewitt Farm Community Garden Association - formed as a subcommittee of the Hewitt Farm Committee - would not be asking for any town money.

Selectman Shawn Murphy expressed skepticism at the subcommittee structure - that is, whether the Hewitt Farm Community Garden Association is an appropriate form of a town subcommittee. Murphy also said he objected to a February decision by the selectmen - he was late to that meeting, he said - that deemed community gardening an allowed use of the property under its agriculture regulations.

Murphy said the proposal should be brought to a special town meeting, and Selectman Mark Donahue said the subcommittee structure should be examined by a town attorney before the proposal moves forward to a town vote.

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