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SHIRLEY — A public information session on the community gardens at Longley Acres will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way.

Longley Acres caretakers Kim and Steve Hampson will be discussing the town’s new community gardening program and how it will benefit to the community.

“We have had quite a bit of interest in the program already and are hoping to generate more,” said Kim Hampson recently. “We are looking for people who would like to participate in the community garden this first season.”

The Longley Acres Conservation Area is located at 27 Whitney Road, near the historic old Town Center in Shirley. It includes a farmhouse where the caretakers live, woods, two ponds, a hay barn, and fields. The site, used by area schools for ecology and fieldwork, is where the new community gardens will be located. Some of the stated purposes of the community gardens are to provide access to fresh produce and plants, access to satisfying labor, and a sense of community and connection to the environment.

For more information, contact Longley Acres Caretaker Kim Hampson at 978-761-3406 or Longleyacres@ymail.com, or the Shirley Conservation Commission at 978-425-2600, ext. 245, or conservation@shirley-ma.gov.