St. Paul’s Community Garden donates 257 pounds of food to Community Food Share; Sept. 11 Garden Party Market fundraiser planned

A team of community garden volunteers and friends of the garden are seen in this photo with the completed shed, purchased with a grant from Enbridge.

WINCHESTER — Clients of the food bank operated by Community Food Share have been the recipients of 257 pounds of fresh garden produce this summer, thanks to the efforts of the dedicated volunteers at St. Paul’s Community Garden.  On the grounds of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Winchester, the garden is a cooperative project of the church and Community Food Share serving Dundas & Stormont.

As the gardening season winds down for the summer, the organization says that thanks are due to the Garden volunteers for their dedication to planting, watering, weeding and harvesting the bountiful produce from the garden. Thanks are also extended to Tom Clapp and St Paul’s for the welcoming sitting area where volunteers and visitors can take a break.

The garden, begun in 2018, quickly outgrew its small storage area and thanks to a grant from Enbridge, a much-needed larger garden shed was purchased and erected by a group of volunteers.  The Township of North Dundas got on board and provided a grant for a washing station where vegetables could be cleaned before going to the food bank.

As a community project, the garden was fortunate to receive a donation in the spring from K2D2 of compost for the garden.  And also in the spring, Galactic Gardens & Plot of Earth donated plants.

Now, as the volunteers look toward next year’s garden, a fundraising project is in the works:  Fries for Charity will be at St Paul’s Church — 517 Main Street, Winchester — during a planned ‘Garden Party Market,’ 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 11.

The Community Garden has proven to be a welcome addition to the variety of projects and events that help to make Community Food Share the successful organization that it is. Community Food Share organizers remind the public that, “We have food and are ready to help”.

They say that if you or someone you know as in need of food, call (613)-774-0188 Winchester or (613)-543-0065 Morrisburg for assistance.

Young volunteers wash produce for delivery to the food bank.

Below, flashback: MPP Jim McDonell presents a Community Spirit Award to volunteers with Community Food Share and the organizers of the Community Garden at St.Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Winchester, in October 2020.
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