It took eight months of planning, 20 volunteers, donations from local organizations and lots of creativity – but in the end, the Aldergrove community plot replacement project proved successful.
Community garden representative Patsy Homan launched an appeal last year, asking for help from the community to give the plots a makeover.
“After almost 15 years, our garden plots were collapsing and disintegrating, causing safety issues in some places,” she said.
Much to Homan’s surprise, offers of support poured in. She called it “another example” of generosity and kindness in the community.
Thus, on Saturday April 30, the community came together to create new plots.
“Even though it was raining, we still had volunteers who came out and built 24 plots,” Homan said.
One of these volunteers was an employee of the Aldergrove Food Bank, who brought in additional volunteers for the day.
“Linda worked hard to tear down the old plots with a crowbar and also prepared a delicious spread for all of us,” she said.
Homan pointed out that with the cost of everything going up, the food bank is getting fewer donations.
“So someone had suggested growing your own vegetables and now our local food bank has two plots,” she continued.
There are 46 plots in total, so continued community support will be needed, the garden committee member noted.
“Next year we have the other half of the plots to do,” Homan said. “We hope to ask for help from the community.”
Homan gave special recognition to Country Lumber, a local family business.
“I think Country Lumber’s Greg is a star,” she said. “We could not have imagined building this project without his generous gift and time.”
Homan also credited an Aldergrove resident who wished to remain anonymous, who became a “friend” of the garden.
“He’s a senior,” she said. “He makes corner seats, benches and stools for our gardeners who find it difficult to kneel down to plant or weed.”
Homan said members of the Aldergrove Community Garden are “overwhelmed” with gratitude, and while gardening is high on their priority list, so is mentoring future generations.
“Our mission is to support and educate our next generation on the importance of growing their own food,” she said.
To get involved in the community garden answered, people can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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