Community garden receives Huronia Foundation Grant
Clearview’s Community Garden will receive a $1,200 grant from the Huronia Community Foundation to support the planting of a fruit orchard and build upon the existing fruit bushes donated by community members and volunteers.
“Friends of the Clearview EcoPark and Community Garden gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Huronia Community Foundation. In this inaugural year, foundations need to be established for the orchard, which will include fruit trees and berry bushes,” said community, culture and tourism coordinator Amanda Murray.
The Huronia Community Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the Southern Georgian Bay Community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in support of the arts & culture, community services, environment, healthcare and mental health, seniors, sports and recreation and youth and scholarships.
The funding will be used to purchase a minimum of nine fruit trees, which, except for plums, typically have to be planted in pairs. Apple, cherry, pear, peach and plum trees will be planted in the orchard in late fall and should start to bear fruit within two to three years. The grant funding has also allowed blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, raspberry canes and asparagus to be planted.
Murray and the Friends of the EcoPark and Community Garden have been overjoyed by the support that the garden has received in its inaugural year.
Produce from the community orchard will be donated to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank and other community organizations.
For more information or to volunteer, visit discoverclearview.ca/parks-trails-facilities/ecopark-dog-park or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.