Spring is here, so now it’s time to start thinking about gardening. The Community Garden Alliance is getting ready for this year’s growing season, and recently held an information night for people interested in getting involved and helping the project grow.
Fred Schneider with the Community Garden Alliance says the event was about letting people know what’s happening this year with the garden, and sharing their vision for the ongoing project.
“It’s very low cost, because we have the land, and we have some of the tools you need. It creates a community, because there will be other people working in the plots. Plus, it has a mission focus, because part of the food that they grow will go towards the Soup Haven and the Food Bank... This is a place where people can learn, people can give, people can form community,” Schneider says.
This year, the group has also received $3,000 from Tree Canada to plant trees in the area. Schneider says that the plan will see many fruit trees and shrubs planted around the garden, and they are working with Tree Canada to plan and select trees that will do well in the climate. Schneider says that it’s still early in the plan, but the grant will allow many trees to be planted.
The group is also moving forward with the Grown ‘n’ Share program, which connects people with fruit trees who are unable or unwilling to harvest them with volunteers who are, with portions going to the owner, the volunteers, and the Soup Haven and the Food Bank.
Schneider says that the project is growing its second year, and the people involved right now are excited about getting things planted and helping out. He says people can get their own plots or help the communal space in the garden, and that it’s something which gets better as more people get growing and helping each other.
The Community Garden is located at the Yorkton Alliance Church on Allanbrook Drive. People interested in learning more or getting a plot in the garden are invited to call Schneider at 783-4266.