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Minden community garden making steady progress

Minden Hills will soon have its own community garden.

It would be located at the north end of the Minden Fairgrounds, near the bandshell and parallel to Bobcaygeon Rd..

The initiative is spearheaded by the Minden Community Food Centre, with the Minden Rotary Club in charge of bringing other partners on board.

Lynda Litwin, Past President of the club, says the current plan is for a fenced area with at least 15 four-foot by 12-foot plots, with topsoil and water provided on-site.

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“I think the plan is going to allow for many more than that,” says Litwin. “The fenced-in area may be larger than the first initial requirement for [15] plots. If we get a call for 20, 30 plots, that’d be great and we’ll work collectively to make that happen.”

Township council signed off on the idea last year, and Rotary held a public meeting in February to take questions and ideas from the community. Litwin says attendees were “very supportive” of the project, with several service clubs, organizations, and businesses signing on to help.

The garden would charge a $20 yearly fee, and likely keep one plot reserved for the Food Centre.

“There’d be an opportunity for fresh-grown produce to be harvested for the food bank, and community members are encouraged to help with the weeding and the planting and whatever to make that happen,” says Litwin. “Anybody that’s doing a plot that doesn’t need the produce for themselves is encouraged to donate their produce to the food bank.”

According to Litwin, the tentative schedule is to start prepping the site in April, finish building the garden by May 19, and begin planting on June 1. In the meantime, she says the challenge is figuring out who can provide what. The list of needs includes wood, topsoil, fencing, posts, wood chips, signs, and garden hoses, as well as volunteers to put everything together.

Those interested in helping or applying for a plot can contact the Minden Community Food Centre at 705-286-6838 or [email protected].

“It’s just going to be another wonderful event happening in Minden Hills on an ongoing basis,” says Litwin. “You’ll have people gathering together in the spring to do their planting, maintenance through the summer, harvesting in the fall, a fall cleanup in the gardens. Just another opportunity for like-minded people who like gardening to get together.”

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