Community Garden Initiative Gathers Steam

Some time ago, I was part of meetings in the library, at pubs and shops in town and in the Parks office on 8th street, all with the common purpose of establishing an operating Community Garden project and society for the “mainland” of New Westminster. While Queensborough has had a successful garden operating for a few years now, the many gardeners in New Westminster that would like to get that soil under the nails feeling and yet they have no space available for their work. With one of the highest rental rates in the province and our explosive growth in condo and apartment tower suites, a couple of places to hoe a row would be more than welcome.

Well the group I was in all those many months ago was never very big and over the cold months we petered put, me included, to our daily lives as the good earth slept and rejuvenated itself for another season…. and another crop of community gardeners!

Now is the time to get together with the New Westminster Community Garden Initiative and help form the critical mass that is required to get this project off the ground. There will be much work to do.. a society to form, a site or sites to select, the city to finagle, water and materials, sponsorships, administration, it is a pretty long list! The first thing to do though is to come together as citizens and decide to work together for our collective long term benefit. This is one of those examples where the health of a community can be positively impacted by the work of a small group of determined citizens.

Next Thursday Tuesday June 16th, in the New Westminster Library auditorium, at 7:00pm, come and meet with your fellow gardeners and your fellow citizens. Organised by David Maidman, the evening is sponsored and endorsed by the New West Environmental Partners, the New West Community Food Action Committee, Royal City Farmer’s Market and by our humble outlet, the Tenth to the Fraser Blog. I will be there with a draw for two lovely books: The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by B.Pleasant and D.L. Martin and also Garden Anywhere by Alys Fowler.

The Garden Song

Dave Mallet (Popularized by Peter Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, John Denver, Charlotte Diamond and Kermit The Frog)

Inch by inch, row by row
Gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground
Inch by inch, row by row
Someone bless these seeds I sow
Someone warm them from below
‘Til the rain comes tumbling down

Pulling weeds and pickin’ stones
Man is made from dreams and bones
Feel the need to grow my own
‘Cause the time is close at hand
Grain for grain, sun and rain
Find my way in nature’s chain
To my body and my brain
To the music from the land

Plant your rows straight and long
Thicker than with pray’r and song
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her love and care
Old crow watchin’ hungrily
From his perch in yonder tree
In my garden I’m as free

As that feathered thief up there

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