‘Planting season is just around the corner’ at the Tillsonburg Community Gardens.
“We hope you all had a great winter, and are staying safe during this epidemic,” said Karen Robinson, Tillsonburg Community Gardens secretary, in a recent email. “As you have likely heard by now, community gardens have been deemed as ‘an essential service,’ therefore allowing Tillsonburg Community Gardens to open.”
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The Ontario government had announced on Saturday, April 25, it would permit the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across the province.
“These gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity,” said a statement from the Office of the Premier. “Local medical officers of health will provide advice, recommendation and instructions that the gardens must meet in order to operate, such as physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used equipment and surfaces.”
There have been some changes this season at Tillsonburg Community Gardens on Bloomer Street, including a $10 reduction in rental fees. Most of the 10×20′ garden plots ($25) have already been reserved for the 2020 season and payments are due May 9.
All gardeners must maintain social distancing as requested by the government. After consulting Rick Cox, Tillsonburg’s Director of Recreation, Culture & Parks, it was determined that no more than five people will be allowed at the Tillsonburg Community Gardens at any one time.
As well, gloves must be worn when touching the latch or lock on the gate and when using any tools in the shed on-site, or when using water from the water tanks. A bleach/water solution will be available to clean the handles of community gardener tools before using them. Gardeners with their own tools are encouraged to bring their own.
“We hope to rototill the Gardens the first part of May, weather permitting,” said Robinson.
“By working together and strictly following the rules mandated by the Government of Ontario, we will be able to enjoy getting our hands dirty and growing healthy food for our families. Your cooperation will allow this to happen.”
If you would like more information on Tillsonburg Community Gardens, visit their Facebook page.