Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bowmanville Allotments at the open house on Saturday 23 July.
The volunteer-run organic community garden on Haines Street will celebrate the midsummer bounty of the garden by welcoming the public and members DIG (Durham Integrated Growers) garden tours. The open day also includes a guided “wild hike” through the adjacent field to talk about edible and medicinal wild plants.
“Community gardens belong to the future. I hope that all municipalities will recognize this. Post COVID, this trend will continue,” said Sher Leetooze, Chair of Bowmanville Allotment Gardens. “We have 57 gardeners here this year. As soon as we have a vacancy, it’s full. I have a waiting list.”
Before you grab your garden hat, here are Four things you might not know about the Bowmanville Allotment Garden:
1. This is the second page. In 2020 the Bowmanville Garden Allotments moved to a new location further north on Haines Street as the previous location was too close to the location of a new hospital helipad. Garden advocates worry they may be relocated in the future and want a permanently designated site.
“We’re trying to get our community to understand that we need a permanent place to garden. Since we started here we have seen more demand from people who need land, it has exceeded our highest expectations,” said Audrey Beaudette.
2. The demand for land for growing vegetables and fruit is growing. This could be due to a number of factors – rising food prices and supply issues, as well as more Clarington tenants without backyard space for a garden.
“More and more people are renting instead of owning. We don’t know our neighbors anymore,” said Kathy Kiiskinen. “Allotment gardens are such an integral part of building community connections.”
3. Gardeners get creative. A gardener couple uses the vegetables they grow on their allotment to create recipe videos for a YouTube channel called TK’s kitchen. It has 1,760 subscribers. Together, the allotment gardeners created a cookbook, Use The Veggies From Your Garden, and the sale helps fund the new shed.
4. The cemetery next door will be expanded and a road will be extended through the garden plots at the rear of the property. However, once the road is finished and the land is leveled, there may be room for more lots.
“We’re hoping to have at least half a dozen more properties,” Leetooze said.
Visit bowmanvillegardenallotments.webs.com for more information on Bowmanville Allotment Gardens.