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The Alfred Brunger Memorial Community Garden

But each spring a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. 

We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.”

Every year gardeners take on a 10 x 10 plot of land to feed themselves and their souls.

This sunny garden  is located at the corner of Westmount  Road and Dawson Street and was first planted in 2001. It was renamed the Alfred Brunger Memorial Community Garden in 2017.

Alfred was a constant presence in the garden and its gravity fed water collection system is one of the ingenious additions he designed and built. That and the 500 gallon water tank that it feeds, and composting area make for a good gardening experience.

Gardeners plant quite a variety of crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, kale, cabbage, soy beans, peas, collards, peppers, egg plants, carrots, rhubarb, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, onions and garlic.  Most plant a selection of crops to keep the bugs down and to have a variety of foods to eat. 

It is often a family affair; children help to tend the garden and to see where some of their food is grown.  Some gardeners eat most of their produce themselves, freezing what they cannot eat immediately, but some gardeners give fresh food away to friends and neighbours.