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NEAT community garden registrations open

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The 2021 gardening season is right around the corner, and registrations are now open for …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The 2021 gardening season is right around the corner, and registrations are now open for the community garden.

The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) says garden preparations will begin on May 22nd.

Gardener’s with a plot last year will have first dibs on their beds, and the remaining beds will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NEAT took over the project that the North Peace Justice Society previously ran for several years.

Karen Mason-Bennett says the organization didn’t have enough staff to continue managing the garden, so NEAT stepped in.

“Last year, we were lucky enough to get a grant through the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. That provided us with a full-time staff member, and then we had two additional support persons that we’re able to give us a hand throughout the summer.”

The additional staff enabled NEAT to support the garden and other initiatives in the community. The organization also linked its school gardens with the main community garden.

“We were able to deal with them together as one big picture rather than individually, which was really beneficial.”

The rental fee has increased to $30 this year to accommodate staffing, maintenance, and water costs.

 

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