Carbonear sews seeds for community garden
“Inch by inch, row by row, Gonna make this garden grow; All it takes is a rake and a hoe, And a piece of fertile ground.” Taking its cue from the song, the Carbonear Parks and Recreation Commission would like to see a community garden growing in that Conception Bay North town.
To plant the seed for the community garden concept, the commission in partnership with Eastern Health hosted an information session Feb. 18 on the how-to of starting a community garden.
Florence Button, wellness co-ordi- nator with the commission, told The Compass, “several communities around the province have already started community gardens.”
After attending a similar workshop in Clarenville last November hosted by the Eastern Health Coalition, Button said, “ I thought we should have one (information session) here for all the wannabee gardeners who would like the opportunity to see what it is and how to go about it.”
Button said last month’s session in Carbonear provided “a way to explore the concept of what a community garden is and ... how to work towards the establishment of a garden.”
Donna Nolan, regional nutrition- ist with Eastern Health, pointed to some very successful community gardens, including those established in Lamaline, Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay, and Placentia.
Jill Hiscock and her targeted initiative for older workers ( TIOW) group talked about their work with students at the St. Francis greenhouse in Harbour Grace.
Cathy Parsons, marketing and public education officer with the Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), was on hand to give a presentation on composting.
Neil O’Grady told the 30 participants who turned out for the session about his own garden and how livestock, especially chickens, can be incorporated into the venture.
O’Grady suggested returning to basic old-time growing and agricultural methods can be a win-win situation for all those who get involved.
Mayor Sam Slade suggested the project could be a “ground-breaking initiative that would benefit the town as well as those wishing to establish a garden.”
Meanwhile, the town is considering providing a piece of land for the proposed garden.
Now that the seed has been sewn, Button says the next step would be striking a committee in the near future “ to continue discussions started during the information session.”