The local food banks are set to benefit from a project launched by the Anglican Parish of the Transfiguration.
Reverend John Maroney, who is Deacon-in-Charge of the Parish, said he wanted to plant a community “victory” garden in order to grow fresh produce for the local food banks. When the team discovered the land they were hoping to use wouldn’t be able to grow anything for a couple years, they went to plan B.
“We have 104 hay bales side-by-side and end-to-end,” Maroney said. “They have had old manure and compost in them for two months decomposing. There are already wild flowers growing in them. They are ready to have food growing in them now.”
Maroney added the goal of the project is to feed those in need.
“This will provide fresh produce for the food banks in Dresden, Chatham, Ridgetown,” he said. “The point is to feed those less fortunate.”
Maroney added ‘victory gardens’ were vegetable or fruit gardens planted in public places during the First and Second World Wars.
Maroney said the the battle being fought with this garden, “is hunger in our community.”
Maroney said members of their Parish, which includes churches in Dresden, Highgate, Bothwell, Thamesville, Ridgetown and Florence, will be heading to 11758 on Highway 21 between Dresden and Thamesville, just about half a kilomtere from Wabash, on Saturday (May 24) to plant.
He said people are invited to some out at 10:30 a.m. to plant, and muffins and refreshments will be served at lunch time.