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Katherine O’Neill, a gardener from the New Brighton community, is grateful for the vegetable seedlings donated by commercial farmers.
The donation of 6,000 seedlings to the Canterbury community gardens and food banks will affect “hundreds of families.”
Community gardens often grow from seed – out of principle, and because they are cheaper than problems — but the latest CV-19 Level 4 lock seeds mean that seeds cannot be planted or cared for at the beginning of the critical winter / spring season.
That put many back on schedule, and there could be a shortage of crops later this year and next, says Canterbury Community Gardeners Association (CCGA) capacity builder Rachel Vogan.
But Odinga Garden Centers and the Zealand Gardener Community Limited have donated about 6,000 seedlings to help them maintain their normal production, Vagan said. The seedlings were planted last week and this week.
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CCGA does not know how many people depend on food in community gardens, but many volunteers take home produce for labor and often give it to food banks and schools.
The activities of two large fruit and vegetable companies “affected hundreds of families,” says Vagan.
New Brighton Community Garden has acquired 50 networks and is immediately protecting them, said Catherine O’Neill, the garden’s manager. She was “very grateful.”
She usually had a garden with 16 volunteers four days a week. They also provided a community refrigerator.
Community gardens, volunteers and donations were in the spirit of the National Park City Campaign Things And Press Supports.
According to Vogan and O’Neill, there has been an increase in interest in community gardening in recent years. Covided-19 locks are more involved when people want to lose their jobs or eat more sustainably. Many schools have turned to community gardens for student support and education.
Both community gardens were closed at Level 4, but commercial farmers were allowed to continue their work as deemed necessary.
CCGA has 37 member gardens listed on the website, which runs from Rangiora to Kirwe to Littleton. Most need volunteers.