Interest growing for local community garden

Ashley Thompson
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Residents are invited to pick a plot of land and participate in the community garden by growing vegetables, fruit or flowers.

People are pouncing on the opportunity to pick a plot in a community garden planned for the New Boundaries property.

The garden will be divided into 24 four-foot by eight-foot plots available for the taking by anyone interested in planting a few seeds for only $10 a year.

Project co-ordinator Jessica Moore says the idea behind the garden is to give people who do not have land at home a little patch to “plant their fruits and vegetables or even flowers” in.

About 20 people attended a community garden meeting at New Boundaries’ 79 Centennial Drive headquarters March 3.

Moore says there are only 11 lots left for grabs in the garden, which has been modelled after the Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary School’s community garden in Summerville.

The project is the result of a number of local groups working together to encourage healthy eating, active living and fellowship, Moore said.

“[It’s about] getting out there and knowing your neighbour.” Jessica Moore

“[It’s about] getting out there and knowing your neighbour.”

Moore says the group involved with the garden will be hosting more meetings. They are looking for volunteers, donations of soil, lumber and gently used tools. 

New Boundaries Executive Director Cindy Carruthers says several clients at the Windsor-based adult vocational facility have booked plots.

“We’re really excited to be involved as one of a number of service providers in the community. We offered the use of the land partly because we were going to put in a garden ourselves anyway… and partly because we are always looking for ways to give back to the community,” she said.

“This will give citizens in Windsor an opportunity to see some of the skills and abilities of the people who we support.”

Organizations: Arthur Hines Elementary School

Geographic location: Summerville, Windsor

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