We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Coombs Farmers’ Institute(CFI). Their “Here We Grow” program, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, teaches traditional skills of vegetable and fruit growing in both a classroom setting in Coombs and through community gardens such as ours.
Instructors from CFI gave volunteers and teachers at Nanoose Bay Elementary School(NBES) a preliminary workshop in early April and will be providing advice and assistance in the classrooms and out in the garden throughout the growing season.
One such suggestion from these veteran gardeners was to cover the garden beds with straw or sawdust to provide weed suppression as well as a slow-release organic fertilizer. The straw is now in place and will be gently pushed aside in order to plants seeds or seedlings, but it will ultimately help with moisture retention around each plant in addition to providing a nutritious ground cover.
Another exciting development has been a $500 donation to NCS specifically for the Community Garden program by the Nanoose Garden Club. This generous donation will enable volunteers to continue working on garden enhancement and pay for tools, seeds, and plants as they are required. A sincere “thank you” to Nanoose gardeners.
We encourage you to check out the garden (at the south end of the NBES property on Redgap Road) and follow its progress as the season proceeds. And if you’d like to share in the fun: grow nutritious vegetables for NCS clients in a cooperative environment and take home some fresh produce for your efforts – please come out any Monday morning at 9:30.