St. George – As you drive up the hill from the upper bridge in St. George, a large sign will greet you proudly boasting, “St. George Community Roots, Grow With Us.” A symbolic welcome to the town’s new community garden, located next door to the famous town gorge.
St. George is one of several towns across the Atlantic provinces taking part in Kent Building Supplies’ community garden contest, which is divided by category with regards to each province. Each garden gets a photo and a write-up posted on the Kent Facebook page under the album pertaining to its respective province, and people are encouraged to like these posts in order to vote for the best garden. The winner of the contest receives $2000 worth of gardening supplies.
The St. George community garden was established earlier this year as a way to connect and engage the community, young and old.
“It gets people outside and [gives them] a chance to be active,” said Community Roots organizer, Jenna Murray.
“We have had a fantastic response from the community and our local schools, and we hope to expand in the coming years.”
Community Roots serves as not only a town centre-piece, but also as a possible tourist attraction.
“We would love for Community Roots to bring more tourists to the area to check out our beautiful surroundings,” Murray smiled, adding, “I feel the location is perfect nestled along the beautiful gorge.”
The rules behind having your own plot in the garden are simple: you do not have to be a resident of St. George, simply pay the small fee. In fact, plots are free if you choose to grow food to be donated to the local food bank. Resources are available to all with the new on-site water shed, of which keys may be purchased for at $5 which is refunded at the end of the season. Plots are kept within individual wood casings that may be decorated.
Community Roots is currently one of the most voted-for gardens in the contest, and is quickly approaching first place. The post on the Kent Facebook page details the garden’s ability to help provide food for the local community, and notes that it’s a great place to escape from technology and stress.
“It’s a place where our children will learn from their elders and experience the joys of watching plants grow.”
Tanner F. Riche