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Liverpool's Plant to Plate Community Garden continues to grow, receives gift of deer fencing


Published on July 7, 2017

The Plant to Plate Community Garden in Liverpool will soon be enclosed with deer fencing, thanks to a donation from Quest, an Ontario-based company

©Kathy Johnson

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - The Plant to Plate Community Garden in Liverpool will soon have deer fencing around its perimeter, thanks to a generous donation from Quest, an Ontario-based company.

“We hope to get it up Monday (July 10),” said Traci Hatt, one of the community garden committee members.

The company donated 400 feet of deer fencing to the group after it made a query about purchasing the product. Upon learning the Plant to Plate story, Quest offered to make the donation.

Established in 2011 on land donated by the Region of Queens, the Plant to Plate Community Garden has 28 plots and raised beds where people can plant their favourite crops.

“We’re full up this year. We’ve been full up for two years now,” said Mary White, who also serves on the committee.

“We provide them will all the gardening tools. We have free mulch sometimes. We have someone come and till everything up in the spring. The growers just have to plant and maintain.”

In addition to the individual plots, there are also community crops like rhubarb, blueberries and strawberries and a grapevine trellis in the Plant to Plate garden. Wild blackberries grow close by.

Then there’s the new butterfly garden just planted last week with help from the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute.

“Milkweed, Astor, Joe Pye weed… everything the monarchs like,” said White.

Plans to expand

Volunteer Traci Hatt checks out the strawberry patch in the Plant to Plate Community Garden
Kathy Johnson

“We would like to get more beds to plant,” White said, adding the committee would like to see community gardens sprouting up in other areas of the region, and has also been encouraging the Region of Queens to replant with 20 per cent edibles, like blueberries, when it has to do any replanting.
“It’s the way of the future,” said White.
Located on College Street next to the former Mount Pleasant Elementary School, friendships also bloom in the community garden.
“It’s a real social thing,” said Hatt, with young and old, male and female, all socializing with each other and sharing the bounty of their crops. “One woman, all she grows is corn,” said Hatt, supplying the corn boil that is part of the annual Plant to Plate food fair in mid-September.
“We’re trying to make the food fair bigger every year,” said White.
Hatt said the committee applies for grants throughout the year to support the community garden.
“We’re looking to expand at some point,” she said, adding the Region of Queens has been a “huge supporter” of the undertaking, maintaining and mowing the property.
Other project partners include the Department of Community Services, Queens Family Resource Centre, Public Health, COOK, county schools and the Native Council of Nova Scotia.