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West End Community Garden continues to grow


The West End Community Garden has a lot of growing going on.
Dauphin Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (DNRC) community liaison, Alison Moss, noted the local garden project has seeded a variety of new activities and free events.
“We’re seeing a real expansion in the community garden network and enthusiasm amongst our community,” Moss said.
Additional community garden beds are popping up in the city, she said, at Parkland Crossing, Echo Housing and Whitmore School, with the support of DNRC and Healthy Together Now (HTN).
The gardening season kicked off in June, Moss noted, with a well-attended, free workshop by Bev Winniski of Birss Greenhouse.
There are some new additions to the West End Community Garden, she said, such as grape vines, courtesy of a donation from Secord-Crowe Greenhouses, which have been planted along the fence.
The local greenhouse also provided plants for three beds in the West End Community Garden, Moss added, recently planted by students from Barker School.
“We’ve tried to do some signage at the garden to distinguish between private garden beds that are tended by community members and beds that are really for the community to come and enjoy,” she added.
The West End Community Garden has a veritable produce section of strawberries, apple trees, berries and two beds of carrots, peas, tomatoes and herbs, Moss said, for the community.
DNR and HTN hosted another Composting 101 workshop with Patti Eilers, June 16.
“One thing that we really wanted to do was also use this opportunity to support our local food bank,” she explained.
“When we’re doing our free workshops these days, especially around gardening, we’re asking people to bring a tin for the bin.”
As summer progresses, Moss said, there will be some children’s programming at the West End Community Garden.
“Last year’s summer programming for youth, in partnership with the local day camps was really, really well attended and popular,” she said, noting activities will occur again with youth yoga in the park, July 4; a children’s event, July 18; art in the garden, Aug. 1; and cultural games for children, Aug. 15.
DNRC and HTN will follow up with a canning workshop at the Dauphin Friendship Centre youth centre, Sept. 5.
Moss pointed out all events are free and all ages are welcome.
For more information, contact Moss at 204-622-3146 or by email at Alisonm@dauphin.ca.

M. A. Nyquist