Buchans residents trying out their green thumbs
Opportunities for summer students in the works
The greening of the property at the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club in Buchans continues.
The Club was fortunate enough to access soil recently to fill an area just behind and to the side of its building. A contractor doing ditching on the Buchans Highway near town needed a place to put the soil extracted there. Club executive director Gary Noftle approached them to have it deposited at the Club property. It was a win-win situation. Approximately 100 loads of soil and vegetation were accessed this way. Later the material will be knocked down and leveled.
At the top end of the Club property 40 planting boxes have been made available to club members first and then the general public. The Community Garden project has been in the works for some time. To date approximately 30 of the planting boxes have been spoken for.
On June 15, Noftle met with the prospective gardeners to assign the boxes and give them the basic rules. Anyone who wanted lime and fertilizer mixed into the soil could have the Club do it for a nominal fee.
Already there are plants growing in some of these boxes and the farmers aren’t afraid to try things like broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes for the first time. Currently there isn’t a water source near the boxes, but Noftle is hopeful that will be resolved shortly.
A streetlight has been installed on the property near the boxes as well. Noftle has checked into the feasibility of security cameras, but nothing definite has been decided on.
To help with the cost of the Community Garden, the Buchans Lions Club made a donation June 15. Lions president Hilda Budden presented a contribution in the amount of $1610 to Noftle, who expressed his appreciation for their generous donation.
Each one of the boxes contains over $100 worth of soil and the box itself cost approximately $150 to make.
The Club has obtained a Job Creation Program grant which will see one worker helping with the community garden. In addition work will be done at the Middle Branch Camp and the playground for the pre-school. The equipment for the playground has already arrived and just awaits preparation of the area.
In regard to summer student employment, Noftle is still waiting for word from Chad Budgell, constituency assistant to Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans MHA Al Hawkins, to find out just how many positions will be available. Noftle has also applied for federal summer student employment funding. He is hoping to get as many students working as possible as they are in the process of summer planning beginning with Canada Day.
Buchans residents have an opportunity to grow some of their own vegetables thanks to the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club community garden project. On June 15 families who had put their names in for a planter box through membership at the Club and other residents who had signed up, met to find out which one of the 30 8 x 8 foot spaces had been assigned to them. There are another 10 boxes yet to be placed.
To help with the cost of the community planter boxes, the Buchans Lions Club made a donation. Pictured is Lions president Hilda Budden presenting James Hornell Boys and Girls Club executive director Gary Noftle with a contribution of $1,610.