G.C. Huston community garden now accepting names

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G. C. Huston Community Garden is ready to grow again and is looking for people who would like to grow their own food, but maybe don’t have any property to put in a garden of their own.

The 31-plot community garden is located between G. C. Huston Public School and the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton. There are two sizes of raised beds that can be rented for the season, 4 foot by 8 foot and 8 foot by 8 foot. Beginner gardeners may want to start with a smaller bed, while more experienced gardeners will be comfortable renting a larger plot or more than one plot! Experienced gardeners are usually available to lend advice to less experienced gardeners.

The garden will start to show the “fruits” of its labour early this year. G. C. Huston School students were involved in a project with the Southampton Art School to create painted vegetables and fruit. The masterpieces of the children will be on display at the Art School’s Feast for the Eyes Juried Art Exhibition on April 13, after which they will then be placed on the fence surrounding the garden. A portion of the proceeds from the April 13 Art School fund raising event will go to support the G. C. Huston Community Garden.

The garden plots were put in place three years ago. Since that time the students have reaped the benefits of the garden experience by laying the pathways with wood chips and learning about eating and “growing” healthy food. As well, the other gardeners have contributed vegetables and fruit to G. C. Huston’s annual fall community spaghetti dinner, which is organized and served by the students.

Last year, members of this grass roots community gardening group, under the guidance and leadership of Sunny Cushnie, built a tool shed and installed a rain barrel watering system. Plans for this year include developing a fully functioning composter, the installation of the students’ fruit and vegetable art designs, and creating a permanent community garden sign.

Growing food locally is the focus of this garden and we invite anyone who is interested in having a plot or volunteering at the garden to contact us at hpletsch@gmail.com or by calling Sunny Cushnie at 519-389-0727.


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