Little Current gardening volunteers seek help to keep town’s blooms pruned

The Community Gardeners hard at work in Expositor Square

LITTLE CURRENT—Both the Community Gardeners and Adopt-a-Garden program in Little Current are seeking volunteers this spring/summer to help clean up, plant and maintain the many garden spaces around town.

“We have two groups––the Community Gardeners, who meet on Tuesday nights from May to October and work on the town gardens from Spider Bay Marina to the swing bridge––and the Adopt-a-Garden program where people can ‘adopt’ a town garden space and work on their own schedule and pace to clean up and maintain it,” explained coordinator Wendy Gauthier. “With the Adopt-a-Garden program we have eight spaces adopted at the library, the post office and Spider Bay. We have others looking for adoption if there are any gardeners who are interested in taking a space on. There are various sized areas depending on how much time people have to volunteer. As for the Community Gardeners, we have been hitting 200 to 300 volunteer hours the past three years and this year we are hoping to reach 1,000 volunteer hours by the end of the summer.”

Over the past three years the Community Gardeners have planted 1,500 tulips, which town residents can look forward to this spring.

Both groups were born out of a CSAC (Community Services Advisory Committee) initiative and work with the Community Gardeners, helping when garden adopters are away.

“Both programs are supported by Har-Cor (Diesel and Farm Supply) and funded through the Northeast Town’s Parks and Recreation department,” said Ms. Gauthier. “We have a great group of volunteers and really enjoy working together. We have reclaimed a lot of landscape in town and are looking forward to maintaining it again this year. I think it has really made a difference downtown.”

Ms. Gauthier urges anyone looking to get involved in either the Community Gardeners or the Adopt-a-Garden program to contact her for more information at 705-368-3247 or mwgauthier@sympatico.ca. Volunteers for the Community Gardeners can also just come out on Tuesday nights starting on May 5 at 6 pm, meeting at the Little Current Post Office parking lot.