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Ste Anne Community Garden

By Marielle Sauriol, Sudbury Clever Clovers

On July 7th 2012, the Sudbury Clever Clovers went to Ste Anne Community Garden to learn about the purpose of the Garden and different ways of gardening. Tyler-Anne Cumming, a Food Charter Animator (with the Social Planning Council of Sudbury), was our host for this field trip.

The evening started off with a tour of this large garden. We discovered that it was founded exactly 4 years ago to the day that we visited! The Community Garden serves many individuals and organizations in the City. Tyler-Anne explained, “A Community Garden is not only about the gardening itself but also about bringing people together in community.”

We learned that the garden uses water barrels and composting boxes. It has 12 plots and 51 beds. The garden has communal plots, shared gardens and individual beds. The planners also promote the “Grow a Row” program. This involves growing peas, carrots, lettuce, beans and onions for the Food Bank. We talked about so much that evening: mulching, planting rows vs. boxes, shared tomato beds, lettuce growing in skids, and native gardens. Marielle Sauriol said ‘’It was an evening full of information and fun. It was interesting to learn about the mulching and how it conserves moisture in the soil.”

We stayed for a picnic afterwards; it was a pleasant meeting that was enjoyed by the members, volunteers and parents.

Sudbury Club views raised boxes