Buchans res­i­dents try­ing out their green thumbs

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for sum­mer stu­dents in the works

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial - BY PAULINE DEAN

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.

PAULINE DEAN/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

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.

PAULINE DEAN/SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

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.

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