The Carman Community Garden is coming together nicely: the garden site set-up is close to completion and plots are being planted.
Organizer Pat Veldman said she is pleased with the garden’s progress so far.
“Plots have been assigned, it’s been staked, people are started to plant,” she said. “We have a lot of things in place, they just need to get done now.”
Around a dozen plots have been claimed so far, with long-time gardeners, first-time gardeners, families, retired couples and everyone in between. One recent refugee family is participating with the help of a gardener more experienced in Southern Manitoba plants.
“We have a diverse group,” said Veldman.
Items like potatoes and onions have already made it into the ground.
“They’re planting things that deer won’t eat,” said Veldman.
The garden, which is located north of the Carman Industrial Park, still needs to have a deer fence put up to protect the precious future crops from Manitoba wildlife. The fence has been donated by Aubin Nurseries, and Veldman hopes to have it installed in about three weeks.
The Town of Carman has promised the group a shed to house tools and equipment.
Veldman said the Carman-Dufferin community has been great about helping out wherever they can. Besides the business and municipal donations, a local farmer also gave the group a water tank.
“It’s been really good,” said Veldman. “When we need something, we approach someone and we usually seem to get it.”
With a $1500 Healthy Living grant and a $1000 private donation, the Community Garden is halfway to its goal of $5,000 to cover set-up costs, and the garden committee is still fundraising for the last $2,500.
There are also still some empty plots for any gardeners out there who want to get involved.
Plots come in various sizes, and can be rented by individuals, families or groups.
Raised beds - around two feet off the ground - are available on request. Vandereen’s Greenhouses donated pallets to build the raised beds.
Veldman said she would encourage everyone and anyone to join the Carman Community Garden.
“It’s started, it’s on its way and if you were thinking about getting a garden, now is the time to come get it,” she said. “Come check it out and get interested.”
To learn more, you can contact Pat Veldman at 204-751-5027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be sign-up sheets available at Toews Printing as well.