Get out the seed catalog and be ready to go on line and get a Community Garden Plot

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON February 23, 2012  While winter may not be quite done with Burlington yet – the good folks at Burlington Green are seeing beyond any snow we might get as they prepare for the launch of their first ever community garden plot program.

Registration for this program opens March.7 and closes April 1,  with a launch event at Centennial Hall.  The Grand Opening will be May 5th when Michelle Bennett expects to have all her guests on their knees planting everything from lettuce to cucumbers – whatever you want – as long as its legal.

The Mayor will be on hand, the Ward Councillor, city hall staff,  MPP Ted McMeekin and anyone else that can be rounded up.

Information about the Central Park Community Garden can be found at  Click the Go Local Food Network logo on the home page, or under the Program pull down tab.

There are just 27 plots available - great location and parking as well.

Applications to register for a garden plot will open online March 7 until April 1st and in person on March 7 between 7-8:30pm in Centennial Hall at Central Library.  Reserve Wed. March 7th to come out as we’ll also be featuring a great video clip about why growing your own food matters, and have some of our 2012 Grow, Learn & Eat Healthy Series speakers attending.  This will be a good chance to find out what will be happening in the garden over the next season.

There are 27 (7′ x 12′) plots available and 2 raised accessible plots.   Once registration closes on April 1st plots will be assigned based on a fair lottery process. All will be notified before April 16th if they drew a plot or if they have been placed on the waiting list.  It is the only way in year one like this to be fair. Payment of $50 and signing the plot permit will be required to receive the gate and tool shed lock combinations to enter.  A meeting time to relay the signed plot permit and payment can be arranged with the Garden Coordinator, Michelle Bennett once you have been notified of receiving a plot, or by the first Gardener Meeting on Sat. April 28.  We will have some common use tools available in the tool shed.  There will be tap water and rain barrels, and washrooms nearby.

For those who may not draw a plot, Bennett advises you can volunteer.  There will be many volunteer opportunities to tend portions of the edible/pollinating gardens outside the fence, and the demonstration plot to keep as many people involved as we can.


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