Summer has finally made an appearance, and hopefully that means all of your gardens are thriving. Things seem to be moving along well now despite a rocky beginning with Covid-19 and the slow start to summer sunshine. With that in mind, it seems like a good time to send out a newsletter.
Food Bank Donations
Most of you are familiar with the food bank donation bin we keep outside of the greenhouse. If you find you’ve grown more than you need, or you’ve been wanting to do something for your community, consider leaving produce donations in the bin. The donations are taken to the food bank every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Check out our Facebook page (Abbotsford Community Garden) for a picture of a recent delivery to the food bank.
Some of us enjoy listening to music while tending to our gardens. When doing so, please keep the volume low enough so others can’t hear it, or use headphones out of respect for your neighbors. If you’re asked to lower the volume of your music, please do so.
Several green notices have been posted around the property outlining some important guidelines. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with them, as they are part of what you agree to when you register every season for your plot. A few of those guidelines include:
- keeping your plots weed free
- keeping your plants and internal structures no taller than the maximum of 6 feet
- respecting other gardeners’ plots and the City of Abbotsford’s property
- parking only in the designated lot at the entrance to the garden
Sadly, we’ve had some instances of contentious behaviour, as well as theft from plots. Even though many of us are strangers to each other, we are a community. Let’s look out for each other and keep the spirit of harmony and respect.
Finally, thank you to everyone for diligently completing your in-kind hours. It takes many hands to keep our communal areas in good shape. Remember to get credit for your time by submitting your hours at the end of every month. To do this, send us an email containing your name and plot number, the dates, amount of time completed, and the tasks you completed. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should look something like “In-Kind Hours – Plot #000“. You may not get a direct reply, but all emails are reviewed and saved.
“Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible. “
~ The Dalai Lama