TRURO – More than 50 gardeners, church members and youth recently gathered at the Glenwood Drive Community Garden to celebrate its second season.
All hands were kept busy erecting 500 feet of deer fence, installing raised beds, marking off garden plots with stakes and twine, and constructing a French drain to address drainage issues in the garden area.
First time gardener Laura MacPherson, active transport co-ordinator with the Department of Health and Wellness, was one of those helping with garden preparations. “I’m here to make connections in the community and learn from more experienced gardeners,” she said in a news release. “I think this initiative is a great way to build community, and I can see from the turnout and how well everyone’s working together that it’s already happening. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season in the Glenwood Garden.”
Twenty families have already signed up for plots for this gardening season, with still a few plots available. The fee is $20 for a 10 square-foot plot.
Now in its second year, the Glenwood Drive Community Garden is located at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church. On the initiative of the church’s social justice committee, a half-acre field behind the church has been made available for community members to use for garden plots.
Grants from the Town of Truro’s Communities in Bloom committee and the Christian Reformed Church of North America’s Sustaining Congregational Excellence Fund, as well as donations from local businesses, have allowed for infrastructure improvements, such as the deer fencing and tile drainage, to make the field a productive place for growing vegetables.
For more information on the garden or how to request a plot, visit www.johncalvincrc.ca.