by Tom Clapp
The St. Paul’s Community Garden was finally but to bed after a very successful year. This is the third year that the garden has been growing produce for Community Food Share. Due to the projected needs for this year, the size of the garden was tripled in size. In total, the garden produced over 535 lbs. of vegetables. The majority of the food harvested went to Community Food Share, with some to House of Lazarus Food Bank, and also to the MacIntosh Seniors Centre.
The vegetables grown were peas, beans, radishes, beets, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, onions, kale, and swiss chard. The garden was managed under the direction of Leslie Levere, who coordinated the vegetables planted, weeded, and harvested. She also coordinated the 30 plus volunteers who assisted with the garden.
This garden was supported by the Community. A grant was provided by the Township of North Dundas, wood for the raised gardens by Cedarview lumber, soil by KG Patterson, watering system by Cooter’s of Berwick, markers by the Winchester United Church, seedlings from Plot of Earth and Dundas 4-H club. The Community Foodshare and Cup of Jo’s provided tee shirts for the volunteers.
Again, I stress that the success of the garden was due to the management of the garden by Leslie and the many supporters and volunteers. The garden is a partnership between Community Foodshare Administrator, Jane Schoones, and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to help for next year, please contact Leslie (613) 447-9465, or Jane Schoones, Community Foodshare, (613) 898-0781, or myself Tom Clapp (613)774-3565.