Fundraising underway for second year of community garden

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TRURO – With 11 families tending to plots at the Glenwood Drive Community Garden last year, plans are already underway for this upcoming season.

The Glenwood Drive Community Garden finished its inaugural year this past summer with 11 families tending to plots. Fundraising has started for this year’s garden – a pancake breakfast is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 5 at the John Calvin Christian Reformed Church at 169 Glenwood Dr. in Truro. Submitted photo

A fundraising pancake breakfast has been planned to support the garden. The breakfast will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 5 at the John Calvin Christian Reformed Church at 169 Glenwood Dr.

Vegetables and flowers were harvested in the garden last year, and plans this year will see the entire half-acre field surrounded by deer fence. The garden planning committee also hopes to install accessible raised beds and a rainwater collection system for plot irrigation during hot weather.

The garden has received in-kind and financial support from various local businesses for the improvements, as well as from the Town of Truro’s Communities in Bloom committee and the Christian Reformed Church of North America’s Sustaining Congregational Excellence fund.

“The Town of Truro’s Communities in Bloom committee was proud to be part of the inaugural year of the Glenwood Community Garden,” committee chairperson Pam Haldane said in a press release. “It’s not just about gardening. It’s about community, camaraderie, working together, sharing a laugh, and much more. It’s a real feel-good experience.”

All of last year’s gardeners will be returning this year after a positive experience.

“We’re so excited for spring and itching to get back into the garden,” said garden co-ordinator Mel Sarty.

Rev. Dan Brown, pastor of John Calvin Church and also a community gardener, added, “The congregation has been very pleased to see this piece of idle land being used productively by the community.

“We hope that more Truro residents will come out to support the garden, by coming to the pancake breakfast on April 5 and or signing up for a garden plot.”

Garden plot applications are now being accepted from anyone who would like a deer-free place to garden in Truro. Applications can be dropped off in person at the church during the pancake breakfast on April 5. Arrangements can also be made separately with Sarty.

For more information on the Glenwood Drive Community Garden, visit www.johncalvincrc.ca/communitygarden or like the garden’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/glenwooddrivegarden.

 

Organizations: John Calvin Church, Bloom committee, Glenwood Drive Community Garden Christian Reformed Church of North America

Geographic location: Truro

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