2013 Newsletter

The Dutch garden at the Dutch Retirement Villa on Elliot Avenue is in its second year and this year we were asked to manage the whole garden.  There were many challenges with heavy rains, heavy soil and lots of weeds.  Nevertheless our wonderful group of dedicated volunteers and summer students produced an abundance of vegetables, which, for the first time, supplied most of the produce at the Community Harvest market.  swan1 044

We would like to give special thanks to Gord McDiarmid and HeatWave for a hugely successful fundraising dance last November.  Also to Trailhead Kingston for their Environmental Award which was used to purchase a rototiller, tools and all of our seeds and supplies for the year.   Thank you also to Pyke Farms for so generously donating a load of compost to amend the garden soil.

The Lyons Street Garden is now in its third season.  It is located on the property of a Frontenac Community Mental Health & Addictions Services (FCMHAS) Residence.

The garden is planted and maintained by FCMHAS clients and staff with assistance from Community Harvest and community volunteers.  Produce went to all who helped out as well as to many FCMHAS clients who were in need of fresh vegetables.

Our sincere thanks to Norterra Organics for their very generous donation of a large load of compost that will enrich the soil for many years to come.

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The Community Harvest Market celebrated its fifth season in 2013.  Operating every Wednesday from the parking lot of the Wally Elmer Youth Centre, the market has become a mainstay in the community.  This year we offered a wide variety of fresh organic produce grown in our own gardens at greatly reduced prices.  The last week of each month featured a special event with music, face painting, free food, and much more.

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