REPORTING · 10th September 2015
The Kitimat Community Garden at Mountainview Alliance Church held an open house on Monday, September 7th, in the rain. The church provides access to water and the use of the space and there are a number of businesses in the town who have made it possible through funding and work.
A part of the celebration was to cut the ribbon at the gazebo, which was built by First Swing Construction. Betty Leppard cut the ribbon.
“People can come and plant who don’t have space within their own homes to grow their own vegetables and also a chance to share community and growth because the community is growing,” said Leppard.
She thanked all the people who made the garden possible and the community for their support as well.
“It gives me a destination, it helps me with my exercising and just to see stuff grow makes me happy,” said Leppard.
“I don’t have enough sun at my house to grow vegetables, because of the trees,” said Melanie Keating. “I have a bed here to grow potatoes and beets. Lots of people with apartments, they don’t have the space to grow so the nicest thing about this whole thing is we come over and there’s usually two or three gardeners here at the same time. We share tips, Willow [Rudiger] brings workshops here.”
Keating expressed there are people who walk by while they are working and are encouraged to check out the garden and what people are planting there. They get pleasure out of seeing what people are working on. She added they get very little vandalism and have had no problems with animals.