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New community garden a hit with local residents


TRURO – Terry Hunt is enjoying his neighbourhood in ways he never has before.

The Dominion Street resident is honing his new-found gardening skills thanks to the newly created King Street Community Garden.

“It was a vacant area but now it’s brought together a number of people. We are getting to know people better and trading seeds already … this can be a selling point for the town,” said Hunt, whose backyard borders the new community garden.

The town has been approved for $9,700 through the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program. It covers about half of the project that offers 50 raised wooden planter beds (10 of which are designed for people with mobility issues) beside the former St. Mary’s school on King Street. The remainder of the cost is in the Truro tree committee budget.

“It’s the best use of that community space,” said Hunt, who, along with his wife, has claimed two of the 4x12 plots.

“What’s key for me is that I know where my vegetables come from. I’m getting fresh air and there’s community unity. And it’s a huge savings for people,” he said of the $20 cost for a plot.

“And the collaboration effort that goes into it with different town departments is huge,” added Hunt.

“The buzz has been phenomenal. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive,” said Andrew Williams, the town’s urban forestry co-ordinator, adding only 14 plots are left.

Each plot is pre-filled with soil, and water and hoses are available for use on site. Residents only need to bring their hand tools and seeds. Vegetables and annual flowers are already being planted and attended to on a daily basis.

“This is the third community garden in Truro (Glenwood Drive and Marshland Drive). We aren’t stealing anyone’s thunder; we are building on what’s popular,” said Williams.

King Street resident Ruby Duguay was planting peas, carrots, beans and beets in her plot earlier this week.

“I’ve never planted vegetables before so this is an experiment,” Duguay said. “I garden all the time and this is great. It’s very convenient as well.”

Williams said the project will continue to expand. Fencing around the garden is partially done and there are plans for a complete fence perimeter by the end of the season. In addition, self-closing gates will be erected to protect the area from deer and a variety of additions will be added, such as rhubarb, a kiwi vine, table grapes, fruit tree orchard, high bush blueberries and a green buffer.

To own one of the garden plots, contact the town office.

A grand opening for the garden will be held June 27 at 11 a.m. The event will include speeches, a barbecue and more.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dominion Street resident is honing his new-found gardening skills thanks to the newly created King Street Community Garden.

“It was a vacant area but now it’s brought together a number of people. We are getting to know people better and trading seeds already … this can be a selling point for the town,” said Hunt, whose backyard borders the new community garden.

The town has been approved for $9,700 through the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program. It covers about half of the project that offers 50 raised wooden planter beds (10 of which are designed for people with mobility issues) beside the former St. Mary’s school on King Street. The remainder of the cost is in the Truro tree committee budget.

“It’s the best use of that community space,” said Hunt, who, along with his wife, has claimed two of the 4x12 plots.

“What’s key for me is that I know where my vegetables come from. I’m getting fresh air and there’s community unity. And it’s a huge savings for people,” he said of the $20 cost for a plot.

“And the collaboration effort that goes into it with different town departments is huge,” added Hunt.

“The buzz has been phenomenal. The feedback is overwhelmingly positive,” said Andrew Williams, the town’s urban forestry co-ordinator, adding only 14 plots are left.

Each plot is pre-filled with soil, and water and hoses are available for use on site. Residents only need to bring their hand tools and seeds. Vegetables and annual flowers are already being planted and attended to on a daily basis.

“This is the third community garden in Truro (Glenwood Drive and Marshland Drive). We aren’t stealing anyone’s thunder; we are building on what’s popular,” said Williams.

King Street resident Ruby Duguay was planting peas, carrots, beans and beets in her plot earlier this week.

“I’ve never planted vegetables before so this is an experiment,” Duguay said. “I garden all the time and this is great. It’s very convenient as well.”

Williams said the project will continue to expand. Fencing around the garden is partially done and there are plans for a complete fence perimeter by the end of the season. In addition, self-closing gates will be erected to protect the area from deer and a variety of additions will be added, such as rhubarb, a kiwi vine, table grapes, fruit tree orchard, high bush blueberries and a green buffer.

To own one of the garden plots, contact the town office.

A grand opening for the garden will be held June 27 at 11 a.m. The event will include speeches, a barbecue and more.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

 

 

 

 

 

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