Join us at the Sharing Square Community Garden for the 2017 growing season! The garden is located outside of the Municipal Building at 151 King Street in Chester.
2017 not only marks Canada's 150th birthday, but it's also the 15th year that the Community Garden has been up and running. Since its humble beginnings as a 12'x 12' pilot project, the garden outside of the Municipal Building has been yielding a record amount of produce each year (except for one).
In 2001, municipal staff started promoting a national program called "Plant-a-row, Grow-a-row" that asked gardeners to dedicate a row of their vegetable garden to growing food for local food banks. Shortly thereafter, we decided to have a garden of our own to show how fruitful a little work could be.
Staff gave up lunch hours to prepare, plant, and pick and gave the vegetables to the Lighthouse Food Bank under the Plant-a-row program, which provided all of the seeds.
Over the years, staff came and went, but the garden continued to flourish. We experimented with different vegetables, battled obstinate weeds, struggled with whose turn it was to water the garden, and happily picked our bounty every Tuesday.
Two years ago, Council approved expansion and the small patch became a larger patch, about three times the original size. Staff along with a few members of the community organized themselves as "Nourish Community Garden Cooperative" and re-christened the garden "Sharing Square Community Garden", which is open to all who have an interest in vegetable gardening, growing their own food, or eating garden-fresh produce. We expanded to include a natural herb garden and a solitary fruit tree, which sadly met its demise last year after meeting the ride-on lawnmower for the first time.
As we continue growing (pun intended), we invite everyone to celebrate our garden's birthday by visiting it when you have a few minutes...and maybe pick a few weeds.