Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hi Everyone,

This weekend is our Garden Fest and we're getting very excited! 

Please see the attached flyer for information. The Garden Fest is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate a our gardens! It's a great time to relax and meet your gardening neighbors. We will be at the community gardens at the St. Mary's Anglican Church on Saturday August 17th from 1-5pm (rain date August 24th) and there will be music and other entertainment. The event is open to everyone, so please share. 

See you on Saturday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Keeping the garden beautiful

On Saturday August 10 many members came out to help clean up the garden and make it even more beautiful than it already was.  

As you have probably heard, we are inviting the world (well, Fredericton at least) to come visit the garden next Saturday for Gardenfest, so we wanted things to be looking ship-shape!   

You still have time to get out this week to get your plot ready for Saturday.  Have you checked to see if it's time to harvest?  We saw lots of ripe tomatoes, and we don't want to see food going to waste.  If you can't or don't want to harvest your food, let us know, and others might be able to use it.  

Some of the tasks that got done on Saturday included... 

  • Pathways were weeded
  • The last of the manure pile by the parking lot got distributed 
  • A groundhog deflector panel was installed at the bottom of the main gate
  • Compost piles were rotated and piles of sticks were removed
  • Garbage bins were emptied
  • Painted garden signs in the shed were mounted on stakes (if you've been waiting for your sign, it's ready!) 
Thanks to Marie-Eve, here are a few pictures from the work day...

Sabine and some prizewinning onions!
Carol working hard, as usual! 

Carol's beautiful borage
Freshly harvested
Hannah and Sabine - what's so funny? 
Men working!  Rob and John working on the compost piles

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A letter from one of our members regarding theft


I just wanted to write, and perhaps have you share this with other I went to check my garden and found that SOMEONE has CUT off my BEAUTIFUL CAULIFLOWER!!! Now maybe it's not a big deal to a lot of people, but we are a family of 5...with one small income STRUGGLING to make ends meet..and I can NOT afford to go out to the grocery store and buy things like fresh cauliflower/broccoli etc...My children deserve to have the opportunity to eat fresh produce, and enjoy their gardening work...yes my 11, 6 and 2 yr old have been working hard helping me garden and grow this food and were VERY excited that we were SUPPOSED to be having fresh cauliflower and cheese sauce for supper...and I had to come home and tell them we couldn' imagine how that felt.

My children already have to go without A LOT of things...there are no summer trips to just buy toys..and not much there for birthdays and christmas...because I am not able to work so we live off ONE income to pay EVERYTHING. We've been through A LOT financially this past year..including NO INCOME for 4 months..and I had to scrape and save change to go out and actually buy plants and seeds this year to HAVE a garden..I went without medications myself in order to be able to do so...this hurts more than you can imagine that someone would do this!!!!

It HAD to be someone KNOWING what they were coming to do as it was CUT cleanly off the was the biggest..the best of the 4 I had...I am so hurt you just can't even put it into words...and my children even more so. WHOMEVER thought it was ok to go out and STEAL someone elses took food LITERALLY off of my childrens plates...children who really don't have much in the first place..and COUNT on the garden crops for their fresh produce...I hope it feels wonderful to know that..and be such a thoughtless pig to do it! IMAGINE YOUR FAMILY HAVING TO GO WITHOUT FOOD BECAUSE SOMEONE THOUGHT THEY SHOULD STEAL THEIR FOOD FROM THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a bad sense of community!

If anyone feels the need to harvest from someone elses plot please remember that plots marked "Community´´ are open to all members.  Please resist the urge to harvest from individual plots. Lots of hard work has gone into them. The entire border plot shown below is a free community plot!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Garden clean-up August 10th!

Our next garden clean up will be August 10th from 1:30-4pm.

Look at the changes in the garden since May!


A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers that come out each week to help with the garden.

I hope you are all enjoying the community plots this year. Remember, any plot marked "Community" is open to everyone to plant, weed and harvest. Enjoy!