With a new name and a fresh infusion of volunteers and expertise, Carp’s successful small community garden project is it set to grow significantly this year. From a demonstration project producing a variety of produce and herbs in four accessible raised beds in the heart of the village, The Neighbourhood Tomato-West Carleton is expanding. This year local residents, families and community groups can sign up for a season’s ownership of one of at least twelve, 4 x 8 foot raised rectangular garden beds. The four existing raised garden boxes are also available to those with special needs.
In addition, the expanded garden will also feature a new collaborative garden section where volunteers will be able to help plant, nurture and grow food that will be harvested and donated to local food banks.
Located beside the Carp fairgrounds on land donated to the project by the Anglican Parish of Huntley, the garden will feature prepared raised beds, embedded irrigation equipment and all the tools and other materials required to operate each plot, free of charge. Individuals, families or groups who sign up for garden beds will have to opportunity to plant and grow heathy food. They and anyone else who wishes to can also volunteer to help plant, tend and harvest a large community garden section where a range of produce will be grown entirely for donation. There are plans to host gardening workshops for youth and adults as well as other community gardening events. The first scheduled event is a garden install day on May the 23rd and a planting day on May 30th.
Interested volunteers and gardeners wishing to reserve a plot can email The Neighbourhood Tomato West Carleton at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.