This past summer I was fortunate to obtain a community garden plot through the City of Belleville, and it was such an enjoyable experiences. Every morning I would ride my bike along the beautiful Moira River to my garden plot, giddy with anticipation to see my vegetables sprout and grow. Over the months I saw my spinach turn into lush greens, green beans and cucumbers dance over my trellises, my sunflowers boom up and blossom, and the zucchini try to spread its wide leaves across an entire half of the plot. In the evenings, after work, it was such a pleasure to dig into the dirt to get the vegetables for that night’s dinner.
Community gardens improve access to affordable, healthy food and empower individuals to become more self-sustaining. Access to these gardens build safe communities and social connections, and lead to opportunities for increased physical and mental health. For more information on community gardens in our region, visit the Community Gardens Network of Hastings and Prince Edward.
In an effort to continue to support the development and use of community gardens in Belleville, Loyalist-Belleville Rotaract Club and Community Gardens Network of Hastings and Prince Edward are hosting a special event on March 30 to raise money for community garden plots.
The event will feature a screening of the documentary ‘Growing Cities’ followed by an engaging discussion with a panel of local community subject matter experts. We will discuss the importance of sustainable food systems within our local community and provide the resources for you to learn more and become involved! Following the discussion enjoy locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and wine samples.
Top photo: Harvest Hastings board member, Jenny Cook of Knuckle Down Farm, along with Stone Soup coordinator Michele Vindum of Plainfield Heritage