Port Community Garden celebrates first growing season

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Everything is coming up vegetables? Yes, vegetables in the new Port Colborne Lockview Park Community Garden. A planting Launch BBQ took place on Wednesday, June 7 with a free BBQ.

To celebrate the first planting season, Tender Cuts was serving free hot dogs and families were given a free sample of Iron Earth.

Iron Earth is a plant food containing up to 76 organically bound earth elements. It is a soil re-mineralizer and improves the soil physical characteristics.

Sarah Lacharity, Sales Co-ordinator for Raw Materials has been working on this project from the start and is happy to see 11 gardens for the first year. There are seven gardens for Port Cares with a variety of vegetables such as: tomatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, onions, zucchini and more. The other four gardens belong to families from within the community.

“The mayor and his family have a family garden,” said Lacharity. “We are looking for more families to sign up for next year.”

All of the plants have been donated by Raw Materials, and grown since February by Jordan Elliott of Marine Recycling using Iron Earth. Elliott is eager to see the fruits of his labour pay off in big ways. Elliott said “families will smell and taste the difference of the fresh food growing here.”

“How excited we are to get a larger influx of fresh foods with this community gardens,” said Amanda Upper, Supervisor, Reach Out Food Centre. “ Year after year, the harvest of the Reach Out Centre garden beds will provide thousands of pounds of fresh produce to support healthy, nutritious food choices for those accessing food bank and community meals.The RAW Materials community garden project is an excellent example of the kind of goodwill and stewardship that exists within our local community, where large businesses like RAW go above and beyond to help look after the most vulnerable of our population, those individuals & families served through the Port Cares Main Office & Reach Out Centre foodbank and other programs.”

Mayor John Maloney said, “it is fun to watch them as they grow,” speaking in relation to his family’s community garden.

Megan Seca, whose family is taking part in the community garden said once they have what they need “any excess will be donated back to the Reach Out Centre.”

Anyone interested in obtaining a free garden for next year, contact Sarah Lacharity at RMC 905-835-1203 or slacharity@rawmaterials.com.

 


 

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