Volunteers with Incredible Edibles Penticton has taken stewardship of the Shatford Centre community garden. They are holding a work party on Sept. 21 and 28. (Submitted photo)

Big vision for community garden in Penticton

Incredible Edibles Penticton have taken over the Shatford Centre space

Hot off the heals of their harvest party last month, the volunteers at Incredible Edibles Penticton are busy working in the community gardens and growing their vision.

After being approached by the Shaftford Centre earlier in the year to take over the garden, Incredible Edibles Penticton jumped on the opportunity rather than see the space turn into a parking lot.

“We are very pleased with the amount of produce coming from the garden. This has been an excellent way to help marginalized people, folks trying to live on disability and pensioners to have access to fresh, free, nutritious food,” said Jennene Gludovatz, in a news release. “It is one way we can help take the strain off of their food bill and help keep a little extra in their pocket.”

Incredible Edibles is calling on the community to help with their mission of addressing food insecurity. They are throwing another party, this time a work party and asking for volunteers to come out Sept. 21 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Help with weeding, building raised beds, hauling, watering are some of the tasks that will help the garden grow. There is an additional need for donations of dirt, topsoil, manure, 2x6x5 boards, irrigation parts and irrigation installer. They will also happily accept donations of berry bushes, rhubarb and fruit trees.

“We’ve been so appreciative of the generosity of those that have donated supplies and their time,” said Gludovatz. “From pre-cut boards for the raised beds from a donor to over eight yards of wood chips donated by Family Tree Arborists, we’re excited to see the Shatford Centre garden growing and truly a part of our community.”

Volunteers are encouraged to bring your wheelbarrows, shovels, trucks and railroad ties. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Those interested in helping out or if you have something to donate please email ediblepentictonfood@gmail.com.

The public is always invited to visit the community gardens at Village by the Station at 270 Hastings St. and Shaford Centre at 760 Main St.

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