St. Cuthbert’s Gard’n Angels
The Gard’n Angels gather every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon to work on the Vegetable Garden in the Green. All of the produce from the vegetable garden is donated to the Flemingdon Food Bank. Additional Angels are always welcome to stop by to help or learn more about the garden. If you would like to learn more about how you can support this initiative, please stop by on any Wednesday or contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
History and evolution
The garden’s history and evolution expands over the past decade. If you have not travelled past the church in a while, you will be amazed by it’s beautiful transformation from the Bayview Garden Project. However, more spectacular are the hands behind the scenes, nurturing the gardens and the souls of all those who participate.
Candid Interview with our Garden Chairs: Nancy and Kathi
Has St. Cuthbert’s always had a garden? How did it develop?
Nancy: Well, there’s always been a garden!
Kathi: Nancy manages care of the grounds and pollinators and I do the vegetables.
Nancy: What I instituted as chair was The Doris White Children’s Garden. Doris’ financial legacy to St. Cuthbert’s ensures that two needy children are sent to Moorelands camp.
Kathi: It was really the Youth Worker in 2013 who began the vegetable garden and it grew from there. In 2014, we added two big raised gardens. In 2019, there was a fundraiser for the cisterns and a grant was given to help with rainwater harvesting. Also, we were granted funding from the TD Friends of the Enviroment Foundation, which allowed for an extended southwest corridor and pollinator garden.
Nancy: This was in response to an increasing awareness of the struggling bees and butterflies, and we certainly had the space.
What do you grow? Where does all this produce end up?
Kathi: We grow for the Flemingdon Food Bank. All the produce we have is taken over on Wednesdays. In total, we grow about $3 – 4,000 worth of produce during the season. It includes beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and lots of kale. Kale is a big one! We grow from seeds to save funds.
Why do you garden?
Kathi: It was very integral during COVID-19. It allowed for people to come together, distanced, to work.
Nancy: Well, quite simply, it’s a labour of love, it’s calming, even if at times exhausting, and I get to know and socialize with a great bunch of people.
The Bayview project really expanded our gardens. What can people do to help?
Kathi: The bucket brigade could always use volunteers to help water! Donations are always appreciated.
If you would like to learn more about how you can support this initiative, please stop by on any Wednesday 10am to 12noon, or contact the Church Office at email@example.com