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The idea of creating a sustainable community garden within the town of Port Hope bloomed out of the unused plot of land behind the Walton Hotel, on John Street.
A quick phone conversation later and it was agreed the land would be put to good use by growing a variety of produce to donate to the Fare Share Food Banks.
The land, which overgrows each year with weeds, was converted into a 600 sq. ft. community garden. Visitors were welcome to stop by with questions or to get involved. The preparations to the land took place over the next few weeks as the seedlings began to grow across the street.
We received community support from a variety of individuals and local businesses to acquire the tomato cages, tools and other supplies needed. The Walton, Ganaraska Art & Framing, eagle.ca, the Tomato Lady, Northumberland Master Gardeners, Sculthorpe Family Farm and Headwaters were among our supporters.
The community garden used a permaculture approach to produce all natural, clean and healthy produce to help feed our neighbours. At the end of the season, we had grown and donated over 700 lbs. of fresh produce, prepared pasta sauce, zucchini loaves and raised $500 cash for the Fare Share.
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