'Missing' Potsdam community garden sign found in shop; planting season begins
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 5:08 pm

POTSDAM – The mystery of the missing sign at Cecilie Garden has been solved: it was in the shop.

Two weeks ago, organizers said the sign had disappeared and stunned volunteers hope it will be returned.

The garden, in Lehman Park just south of the village of Potsdam, was established in 2003 by Jessica Pletcher and fellow SUNY Potsdam students in memory of Jessica’s mother, Cecilie Pletcher.

But now, the sign has been found. Organizers report Galen Pletcher had taken the handmade sign that marks the garden named for his late wife to be refurbished.

The Cecilie Garden has opened for planting season and gardeners from the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton, with help from a number of student organizations at SUNY Potsdam, began work this past weekend on the garden.

The garden and the Priest Field Garden in Canton are part of the church’s UShare program, a congregation-wide project that addresses issues of hunger and healthy food in the community.

“It had begun to look pretty bedraggled,” said Pletcher, a member of the UU church whose daughter Jessica helped establish the garden that bears her mother’s name. “I thought I could help try to keep it in the shape it was in when my daughter and her friends solicited it several years ago.” The restored sign will be back in place soon.

The Cecilie and Priest Field gardens produce thousands of pounds of vegetables that are donated to area food pantries every summer.

To learn more about UShare, volunteering in the gardens, and the UU Church, visit www.uucantonny.org.