By Michelle Bohenac, Burlington Instructor
Another growing season has come to a close at Walker’s Field Community Garden, and what a plentiful and productive season it was! Just a few short steps away from their front doors, the lucky residents here had access to a gorgeous array of mouth watering fresh local produce—radish, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, carrots, celery, tomatoes, beets, hot peppers, a variety of fresh herbs and beans galore! As well, the long awaited and much requested blueberry bush has arrived and awaits in its pot for its permanent place in the garden bed ... hurry up spring!
It has been so great seeing the residents themselves—both kids and adults—come out and take ownership of their garden by helping to sow the seeds, water the plants, and of course, harvest the veggies and share the bounty with the rest of their neighbours. So many young garden caretakers in this community! Greydon, Phoebe, Damien, Neesa, Mary Ann, Khadeeja, Emily, Santana, John, Aiden and Nicholas, just to name a few. And special kudos to Barb Riches! From watering the garden beds, to harvesting and delivering garden goodies to her neighbours, to helping to gather up the children and spread the word about our programming activities, Barb’s consistent presence in her community’s garden has ensured its growing success!
And speaking of garden activities … the growing season may be coming to a close but the fun continues in Walker’s Field Community Garden! We are looking forward to our Herbs and Spices Workshop on October 15, where both kids and grown ups will have the chance to explore a variety of dried herbs (with their eyes and their noses!), and then mix and bottle them up according to their own culinary imaginings! Then on October 22 WF will hosting a Harvest Party, featuring a BBQ and lots of other fun activities, including bobbing for apples and getting our hands goopy with pumpkin innards as we gather pumpkin seeds for roasting!