Sylvie Lebel turns the soil over in her bed, ready for seeding. Photo Gerry Leibel

Community gardens kick off for 2017

Kitimat residents got their hands dirty this Sunday, turning sod for the first time this year.

Green-fingered enthusiasts braved the cold last weekend to get the jump on spring, tilling the soil in their community garden beds.

The beds are in the fenced off garden provided to the community by Mountain View Alliance Church, which also features a greenhouse and a gazebo, which are also available for use by those signed up to cultivate one of the beds.

Community garden co-ordinator Melanie Keating said the gardeners are mostly people who live in apartments and who don’t have gardens where they can plant their own produce.

“It’s also ideal for those stuck in apartments who don’t get to be out in the sun a lot,” said Keating.

There are 25 beds, which are currently all taken, but Keating believes that with more interest shown the church would probably agree to providing more space for more beds.

“The church have been outstanding, providing not only the ground but also providing water for the gardens,” said Keating.

The project has been running for four years, and Keating has been co-ordinator for two years.

The beds are available from April through to October, for everyone from novices who want to learn how to garden, to experts.

Funds for the garden were secured through grants sourced by Kitimat Community Services, augmented with donations of soil from local developer Jack Oviatt and manure from local stables.

Keating said the gardeners either keep their produce, or donate it to either FoodShare or Horizon House.