Estevan’s community garden has taken a couple of steps forward, thanks to a pair of work bees, and the start of seeding.
The work bees happened on May 14 and 15. Volunteers gathered at the garden site on Lynd Crescent to prepare the land, and to put the garden's raised beds in place. Some of the people who showed up to help out don't have a parcel of land at the garden, but support the arrival of a community garden.
“We need to build our raised beds and fill them with topsoil, get the lot all cleaned up neat and tidy, and then we’re going to bring the water tanks in next weekend,” said community garden chair Chantelle Dubreuil.
Committee members wanted to have the work bees in early May, but they were delayed because SaskPower needed to complete their land locates on the site. Precipitation that fell after the land locate process was finished further delayed the work bees.
Planting fruit and vegetable seeds began during the Victoria Day long weekend. Dubreuil noted that the water tanks weren't needed immediately, as the seeds don't require a lot of water in the early stage.
Those who didn’t seed during the long weekend still have lots of time, Dubreuil said. The deadline is June 15.
One person backed out from the garden, so one plot did become available, but Dubreuil expected it would fill up quickly.
"Now that we are building a community garden in Estevan, we want the residents of our great community to know that we are committed to creating a wonderful place to come and grow and meet new people with in the community in a new way,” said Dubreuil.
She hopes that the residents who live near the garden will be pleased with its presence.
The garden will not only give participants a chance to grow their own fruits and vegetables, but Dubreuil said it will also beautify the area, increase feelings of safety and community pride, and decrease reliance on imported foods.