Spring is almost here and for the third year in a row, tenants of the Georgian Bay Secondary School (GBSS) community garden are planning for the new season.
The GBSS community garden came into being as a result of a cooperative effort between interested students, the Meaford Golden Town Outreach and Transition Meaford. Individual plots are tended by community members who also donate time and effort to the maintenance of the Meaford Outreach plot.
The focus this year will be to establish a communal rhubarb patch, berry bushes, tomato plot, a tree nursery which will eventually be to the benefit of Memorial Park, and the creation of raised garden beds.
In keeping with the spirit of the document “Sustainability Meaford, Engagement Summary and Policy Recommendations”, plans are in the making to establish another two community gardens.
“I believe that we can create a more resilient, self-sufficient food production and consumption system that does not depend on far-off lands to sustain us and that surely meets the needs of all our community members” says Jaden Calvert.
Jaden is an enthusiastic proponent of sustainable living and consumption of locally grown food. He organized last year’s GBSS community garden plant sale, an event where gardeners can buy plants adapted to local conditions with the aim of growing high quality food in an environmentally friendly manner. The sale was successful for all concerned and Jaden will provide quality plants for sale again this year.
Anyone interested in learning more about community gardening?
Please call Lindy (519.538.0167) or Mary (519.538.2558)