Community Garden harvest to benefit Elizabeth Fry Society

This Saturday, members of the New Westminster Community Gardening Society will harvest the first crop of corn, beans and squash from Mary Mount Community Garden in Sapperton.

Ripe corn from the Mary Mount Community Garden in New Westminster. Photo: New Westminster Community Gardening Society
Ripe corn from the Mary Mount Community Garden in New Westminster. Photo: New Westminster Community Gardening Society

This Saturday, members of the New Westminster Community Gardening Society will harvest the first crop of corn, beans and squash from Mary Mount Community Garden in Sapperton.

NWCGS chair Brennan Anstey said in a media release that the garden was planned using traditional First Nations organic permaculture techniques.

“The corn provides support for the beans, which fixate nitrogen for the corn and the squash acts as a ground cover to keep in moisture and keep down weeds,” said Anstey.

The gardeners will share their bounty with the Elizabeth Fry Society, a New Westminster-based non-profit organization that helps women and children who are coping with homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness and/or are re-integrating into society after time spent in jail.

“This is part of the commitment we made to the City to help promote food security in New Westminster”, said David Maidman, a member of the society’s Board of Directors.

“I think when you look around at what we have grown this year on this small plot of ground it shows the future potential for urban agriculture in New Westminster.”

If you want to apply for a community garden plot in New Westminster, contact the New Westminster Community Gardening Society at nwcommunitygarden@gmail.com or phone 778.372.1333.

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4 comments

    1. I agree Megan!
      Way to go David and Brennan and other green thumbs!
      I think this is a great community project.
      Our contribution in the strip in front of CAW/Village Coffee Lounge has has been harvested by those obviously in need. One Cherry and one Roma tomato plant remains and disappear as they ripen.
      Some of the beans made it to the "Plant a Row" "Grow a Row" project.
      The prize Cauliflower went missing one night but was easily tracked to it's new home by the trail of leaves as it was trimmed on route.
      Once Tomatoes are done, winter plants will go in. Thanks Claude Leduc for donating.
      I am Looking forward to supporting the "Community Gardens of New West" in 2011.

  1. I really wish the front lawn of the city hall would be turned into gardens. A beautiful, south-ish exposure would be an amazing growing space, especially if some greenhouses were put on there.

    The soil needs to be checked for any possible pollutants, and being close to a busy street means some air-born pollutants, but surely nothing worse that what's on plants out in the Fraser Valley.

    1. You know, I totally agree with you on that one. The hall would look great with a bunch of plots next year, and why not plant a few fruit trees too, would be nice.

      We outta just show up there in the spring with roto-tillers and have at 'er till the staff call the police !

      N.W.

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