Members of the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens pack compost for gardeners in this 2019 Morinville online file photo. Your 2021 event will take place on May 8th.

by Stephen Dafoe

When the weather is better, Morinville’s gardeners prepare their gardening tools and prepare to plant. The Morinville Centennial Community Gardens are here to help. They will hold their annual compost event on Saturday May 8th from 9am to 3pm in Champlain Park (across from the old arena).

The community gardens are now taking orders. The cost is $ 10 per 40 pound bag, $ 25 for three bags, and $ 40 for five bags.

“We have been working with CleanIt GreenIt for the third year now and are very pleased with the high quality compost,” said Stacey Buga, President of Morinville Centennial Community Gardens.

Buga said the reason for taking pre-orders is that it is always helpful to know the numbers in advance, but this year they will have to adjust for health restrictions. “When we pre-order people, we have more opportunities to arrange pick-up times to keep our volunteers safe and to keep the number of people gathered to a minimum,” she said. “At this point in time, we still hope to be able to offer on-site sales.”

The community gardens plant more than 30 feet of compost to ensure they have enough for the community to buy and replenish their rental and co-op garden beds.

“The donations we collect not only help maintain the gardens, but also support our community involvement,” said Buga. “Every year we buy seeds to grow food for the public and the Morinville Food Bank. We offer partnerships with volunteer groups like the Boy Scouts and take part in events in the city and library. We look forward to adding an edible perennial bed to the United Church this year as well. Through these fundraising campaigns we can create lavish common spaces. “

This year the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Their general meeting took place on Tuesday evening and the plans will be formalized after that.

“We’d like to do something sort of a 10-year anniversary to recognize the many community members, organizations and companies that have supported horticulture in Morinville over the years,” Buga said, noting details will be released this summer.

You can follow the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/morinvillecommunitygardens.

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