Dig This! Gardener’s Party for Plant a Row, Grow a Row

Plant a Row, Grow a Row, a non-profit agency that organizes the donation of high value garden produce to food banks and low-income families will be teaming up with St. Thomas More High School (Burnaby) for their 2009 programme and to kick things off, the school is hosting a Gardener’s Party on Thursday evening, March 26th featuring presentations and question and answer sessions with the regions top gardening gurus.

Potential guests are asked to bring items for the food bank. More information is listed below.  Claude Ledoux, New Westminster Horticulture manager for Parks and Recreation is an organizer for the program and an avid gardener. He is also a neighbour and we frequently pepper him with questions for our own project, the Tenth to the Fraser Victory Garden. Always ready to help, Claude has encouraged us to grow an extra row for those whose food budgets make fresh vegetables difficult to afford.

Having a garden, especially a vegetable garden is a privileged that many can not enjoy and in many cases the fruits of the season are much more than one family can consume. This national program is a great way to share the bounty of the earth and the fruits of your labours with others.

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Beginning this spring, STMC will be involved in a Plant a Row – Grow a Row program to assist the needy in our community (www.growarow.org).

Please join us for a Gardeners Party on Thursday March 26th to jumpstart this event.

Plant a Row – Grow a Row builds on a long-standing tradition of people sharing their harvest with their neighbours. It’s a simple but effective idea.

Gardeners plant an extra row or two and donate the produce to the Food Bank.

In troubled economic times like these, it is more important than ever that the Food Bank is able to supplement their supply of non-perishable food with fresh fruit and vegetables.

St. Thomas More Collegiate would collect food items on a Sunday and deliver them to the

Food Bank the following day.

Gardeners’ Party

The Gardeners’ Party will be held Thursday, March 26th, from 6 to 9 PM in the gymnasium of Saint Thomas More Collegiate, at 7450 12th in Burnaby.

  • Brian Minter, co-coordinator of the national PAR-GAR program. Brian is always an inspiring speaker, will kick things off at 6.

  • Claude LeDoux, the local co-coordinator, will introduce an exciting line-up of speakers who will discuss different aspects of vegetable gardening.

There will be coffee and treats as well.

Plan to join us; because it’s not often you have the opportunity to hear so many garden experts in one place,

The price of admission is right — a donation of non-perishable food for the Food Bank!

Speakers for the Gardeners’ Party:

Brian Minter – Co-coordinator of the national Plant a Row Grow a Row

Conway Lum – Gardenworks Mandeville

Jeanette McCall- Westcoast Seeds

Heather Havens – Gaia Green

Daniel Mosquin – UBC Botanical Gardens

June Hewko – Lee Valley Tools

For more information or if you would be interested in assisting with this program please contact David Mattiazzo, Campus Ministry for St. Thomas More Collegiate

604-521-1801 ext 127


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