By BILL TILLAND
The Kiwi Cove Community Garden is mobilizing for another season of growing and supplying produce for the Ladysmith Food Bank. The garden plot is located at the Kiwi Cove Lodge on Brenton-Page Road, on land donated by the Lodge proprietors, Doug and Peggy Kolosoff. The garden is strictly a volunteer effort, and all vegetables go to the food bank.
The origins of the garden go back almost ten years, and average yields have been 2500–3000 pounds each season. In a good year, the garden has produced close to 4000 pounds of vegetables. And every year, a certain crop emerges as a “star.” Last year was the “Year of the Tomato.” We grew over 2200 pounds of tomatoes, and for several weeks in August, we were supplying not only the Ladysmith Food Bank, but the Cedar and Chemainus Food Banks as well.
We have increased financial support this year from the Ladysmith Resources Centre, but we also rely on donations from area businesses, such as Dinter Nursery and 49th Parallel Garden Centre.
We always need volunteers, particularly during the early garden prep and planting season in May, and then the harvest season in late July and August. We generally work in the mornings of Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, but a regular commitment is not necessary. We’re happy to take what you can give us. Just call Bill Tilland at 250-924-5269 (email tillandb [at] gmail [dot] com) if you’re interested in volunteering and/or have questions. Transportation can be arranged. Come join us and get some healthful exercise, make a contribution to the community and enjoy the beauty of the lovely natural setting.
Volunteers getting ready for another year of growing goodness for the community. Photo submitted.