Gardening for a good cause, Chesterville Community garden members looking for volunteers

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Citizens of Chesterville have come together year after year to plant a community garden, and organizers are encouraging more residents to take part and volunteer their time this season.

The garden is situated on the lawn where Nationside Pentecostal Church once planned to build, on the corner of South St. and Highway 43. Last year the participating gardeners donated over 200 pounds of beans, cucumbers, and zucchini to the Community Food Share, formerly known as the Dundas County Food Bank.

Not only would you be helping out with a great cause but you’d also get the chance to build relations with neighbours and be empowered through “participation and engagement in an active and rewarding project,” says main organizer Mark vanDelst.

vanDelst invites locals to “come out with friends or meet new ones and enjoy the experience of gardening and helping out those in the community.”

Families, individuals, and groups can sign-up, and responsibilities for the garden will be assigned on a weekly rotation. The schedule can be modified or expanded as the movement evolves.

Spur-of-the-moment and intermittent support of the project is also welcome, he says. 

The garden and volunteering will be maintained from May to September, dependent on Mother Nature.

A ‘garden planting party’ will be held over this upcoming weekend (weather permitting). Join vanDelst, his family and other community members to help make this summer’s garden an even bigger success. A ‘clean-up party’ will mark the end of the season.

Interested Chesterville residents are invited to like and follow the Chesterville Community Garden Facebook page. Message or call Mark at 613-448-2562 for further information.



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