The Town of Minto, volunteers and partners are proceeding to establish our first Community Gardens. These gardens are outdoor spaces on designated public lands where Minto residents and community groups can meet to grow and care for vegetables and flowers. Sustainable community gardens contribute to: economical, nutritious, and local food production; an appropriate use of open space; health and well-being; fitness and recreation; positive social interaction; strong neighbourhoods; environmental education; and increased self-reliance.
Increasingly, people can be cut off from interacting with the natural environment. Community gardens reconnect people with the natural world; provide food security in some cases and an opportunity for social interaction. As an accessible public space, the new Community Gardens can help us understand the importance of natural processes in a sustainable community, and assist in making informed choices and promoting positive actions. The Town would like to work with partners to see community gardens established in Palmerston and Clifford as well. Community gardens can lead to such things as a community kitchen where gardeners would have the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences related to cooking and preserving food harvest.
The first location is at the former tennis courts in Harriston. Volunteers, sponsors and Town representatives began working together on this in the Fall of 2013. This location contains 19 individual raised garden beds. Rain barrels and composters have been provided for the benefit of the gardeners. There is also an accessible walkway from the Community Centre parking lot.
The Clifford location was established in 2015. Again the creation of the gardens relied heavily on the generosity and hard work of local volunteers. This garden contains 10 raised garden plots. There is a rain barrel and composters on site.
Anyone interested in being involved or tending to a garden plot please contact Stacey at the Town of Minto, (519) 338-2511 or: firstname.lastname@example.org