Grow a meal with Transitions Honesdale

February 28, 2012
Melissa Leet
Wayne Independent

HONESDALE, PA — There is a deep sense of pride and accomplishment associated with doing something yourself. Whether that is fixing a broken chair leg or raising and tending your own vegetable garden.

The Transition movement began in 2005 with Rob Hopkins, a Permaculture educator, and his students at Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. Hopkins was able to take his work and along with his students, make the Kinsale Energy Descent Action plan. This group of original innovators began dealing with energy supply, food, farming, education, economy and health.

The implementation of the Transition Network in the UK was established in 2006 and began to grow internationally. In 2008, the program crossed the pond and began functioning in the United States.

Transition Honesdale is the local chapter of the Transition movement. The Transition movement is a global movement that focuses on fostering sustainability and resiliency within communities.

In April of 2011, the Transition Honesdale movement was able to establish Community Gardens. This garden, located on the grounds of Ellen Memorial on Golf Hill Road, is the home of 19 finished raised bed gardens. An additional six beds will be added this year, bringing the total number of beds to 25.

These raised beds come in two sizes: 4 ft. by 8 ft and 4 ft. by 16 ft.
In their inaugural growing season, Jane Bollinger, co-coordinator of the Transition Community Garden, said that they “were thrilled to have as many beds filled as we did.” Last year’s growing season was a very wet one, but the gardeners “were satisfied” with their take home crop.

“Those who grew leafy greens, like lettuce and kale, are probably still eating it” due to their abundant crop, Bollinger said.

Both sizes of the raised beds are available to be rented by citizens. Whether you are an experienced gardener or want to discover if you have a green thumb, Bollinger hopes the Community Garden will help you do that.

If you are an inexperienced gardener, this program “will match you up with a mentor. We want to teach people a skill and promote local food sustainability.”

“We want to encourage people to grow their own food” instead of buying food from across the county or the world.

As to what you can sow in a plot, “It’s up to you. Some plant a bed entirely of tomatoes or flowers. Others plant a diverse bed of vegetables.”

The Community Garden currently has beds open in both sizes. If you would like to have a fee schedule or apply for a bed, information is available at These beds are rented by season on a sliding scale based on your ability to pay. If you need additional food security, such as those participating in the USDA’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and those participating in food banks and pantries will be given top priority.
Transition Honesdale also offers SkillShare programs. These programs “work with the resources in the local community” and share available skills with the community. For example, there is a Yogurt Making Workshop scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 8. Past SkillShare programs have included knitting circles and mending clothes.

For more information on how you can get involved with Transition Honesdale, visit

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