Community Garden breaks ground

By Dwight Ford

 

A new Community Garden is soon to be built in downtown Fort St. John.

It will be located on 102nd avenue just behind the cemetary, on property made available by the church of the Resurrection, and it will be operated by the Fort St. John Community Food Security Committee.

The garden brings together local non-profit groups, businesses and community members, and will be supervised and maintained by the agencies and volunteers.

In its first year of operation, the garden will aim to give low-income families the opportunity to grow nutritious foods and learn gardening skills.

All of the gardeners will be pre-registered through host agencies, and the harvested foods will be used by the participating families or donated to community meal programs.

A launch event is set for Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., and the garden will be open to the public during posted hours, with benches and picnic tables to be installed next month.

There are also plans for a number of musical and arts events, as well as composting and organic gardening workshops.

The project was initiated with $20,000 in funding from the Early Childhood Development ‘Success by Six’ committee.

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