Trinity Community Garden will hold its information and registration evening on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7.00 P.M. at Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 480 Avalon Place (at the corner of Avalon Place and Braydon Ave).  The garden is located behind the church on a piece of land that the church very generously offered for use as a community garden.  We began renting plots in 2012.  That year there were 15 gardeners planting and harvesting their own plots. In 2014 there were 28 gardeners, and we are happy to say that there are vacant plots for those who wish to join us in 2015. Each gardener plants on their own plot, tends it, and harvests it.  The plots are 20 feet by 4 feet, and the cost is $20.00 plus a $5.00 membership fee (cash only please) for the season.  If you are interested in renting a plot please attend the registration meeting.  If you would like more information you are welcome to email us at trinity.garden@rogers.com or find us on Facebook at Trinity Community Garden.
The garden is a member of the Community Garden Network of Ottawa administered by JustFood.  We received a grant from them in our first year but since that time we have managed to be self sufficient.  In addition to the plot fees, we have held a successful plant sale in the community each year on the first Saturday in June during the Alta Vista Garage Sale.   Each growing season we acquire mushroom compost and reimburse the church for the water costs.  In addition, the garden has a shed and some tools for the gardeners’ use.
The garden fosters a sense of community in a number of ways.  Even though each person plants and maintains their own plot,  there are also shared times and shared tasks.  Early in May gardeners come together to prepare their plots on a common preparation day.  In the fall, we have a garden clean up day where gardeners remove vegetation from their plots, as well as the common areas of the garden.  This year we plan to have a midsummer work day as well.  On each of the days we share a potluck lunch.  In the past these have been well attended and enjoyed by all. It is a nice opportunity to chat, exchange gardening tips and ideas, and to try some great recipes, often made with produce from the garden.  Each gardener volunteers to perform one of the required tasks, filling the water barrels, managing weed growth in the common areas or maintaining our compost system.  We also plant and maintain a common herb garden and are working towards distributing our surplus produce to those in need.
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