The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake plans to double the size of its Community Garden this winter in preparation for the 2021 season.
Located behind the Niagara-on-the-Lake Library, the Community Garden was established in 2019 as a project of the Communities in Bloom committee.
Planted and maintained by volunteers throughout the growing season, it harvests tomatoes, zucchini, beans, peas, kale, lettuces, eggplant, garlic, onions, radishes, rhubarb and a variety of herbs.
The majority of the 2020 harvest was shared with local farm workers and the Newark Neighbours Food Bank. Any excess yield was made available for community members at the library in exchange for a donation.
“The Community Garden has truly been a community initiative,” Lord Mayor Betty Disero said in a news release from the town.
“Thanks to the dedication of our Communities in Bloom committee, along with community partners, the garden has been a beautiful and valued addition to our town and has served to benefit those in need.”
Work on the garden expansion begins soon.
Garden co-ordinator Vicky Downes noted, “As volunteers, we are very excited that even more food will be grown and given to those in need. We are grateful to our two founding sponsors, Seaway Farms and Ravine Estate Vineyard, who continue to provide us with support both monetarily and with plants and products.”
The town also thanked All Green Irrigation for donating the irrigation system extension and Sykes Landscaping for expanding the garden beds at a discounted rate.