On July 25, a United Way 'Day of Caring' presentation of $1,000 was made to Tillsonburg Community Gardens.
Earlier in the Tillsonburg Community Gardens' sixth season, a team of United Way volunteers from Farm Credit Canada Woodstock volunteered at the gardens, adding solar motion detectors, weeding and spreading mulch on paths and preparing a herb garden.
The Community Gardens on Bloomer Street is a project of the Tillsonburg Resource Network, which began in 2012. Currently, there are 30 10'x20' garden plots and two raised beds available for seasonal growing of vegetables and flowers, for a small annual donation. It features a new herb garden, donated by Garden Gate, and a new compost area.
This has been one of the most successful growing seasons so far, said Iris Harvey, acting chair of the Community Gardens committee.
"We're cooperating, trying to become more interactive with other community groups," said Harvey, noting a relationship with Vocational Alternatives, a branch of Tillsonburg Community Living.
"And I attended a discussion panel at the Library on the environment after viewing No Impact Man. So we're slowly integrating with existing community groups."
Tillsonburg Community Gardens has one more year left on its current contract with the Town of Tillsonburg, which will need to be renewed December 2018.
"One more year, then they'll decide where we go from here."
A special memorial bench will be dedicated at the Community Gardens in memory of Ray Sorochan, instrumental in developing the gardens, on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.
The community is invited to visit the Community Gardens table at "Celebrate Tillsonburg" in The Town Centre mall on September 28th. Meet some of the Community Gardens volunteers and pick up a pamphlet, or sign up for the 2018 growing season. Or consider volunteering your time to help run the gardens. Extra food is often donated to the Helping Hand Food Bank."