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Fred Amalfi from the Sunrise Rotary club and Michelle Chin of Dundas in Transition harvest brussels sprouts at the garden.

Community garden harvests success in first year at St. Mark’s

Volunteers from the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary, St. Mark’s United Church and Dundas in Transition have reached the end of their first season of gardening.

The rain held off on Saturday morning when 15 volunteers showed up for a final harvest and winter clean-up at the St Mark’s Community Garden.

Saturday had one final rich harvest of tomatoes, beets, carrots, radishes and brussels sprouts for the Dundas Food Bank.

The heavy work then began to clean up the beds and compost the waste. A full bed of “red russian” garlic was also planted for next year.

Dave Carson from Dundas in Transition said a lot has been learned this year by many beginning gardeners, supported by one or two experienced ones.

“The biggest challenges were the very dry early months and dealing with a couple of insect pests, but nothing deterred the determined gardeners,” said Carson.

Half of the garden is given over to individual plots and the other half grows food for the food bank.

Demand for the individual plots was almost double the garden capacity, so Carson encouraged other groups around town to look for ways to start their own garden.

Any fresh food donated to the Food Bank is always welcomed, too.

Carson said the three organizations involved in the community garden had good feedback from their members and others in the community and are looking forward to planting out their garden next year.

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