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Volunteers needed to plant Chelmsford edible forest garden Oct. 17-18

Edible forest gardens contain fruit trees, shrubs and other edible, perennial plants
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Sudbury Shared Harvest, in partnership with Chelmsford Community Garden and Chelmsford Valley District Public School, is calling for volunteers to plant an edible forest garden at Cote Park. 

Planting will take place Oct. 17-18. In keeping within COVID-19 protocols, organizers ask that those willing to volunteer contact them at yea@sudburysharedharvest.ca or 705-222-5407 to confirm attendance. Further details will be provided at that time. 

Edible forest gardens contain fruit trees, shrubs and other edible, perennial plants. They conserve water and are grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. While helping establish the garden, volunteers will have an opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge they can use in their own home gardens. 

The project is made possible by grants from Gardens for Good, RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, Sudbury Community Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Greater Sudbury Police Chief’s Youth Initiative Fund. 

“Although we are not able to plant the garden during school hours as we’d hoped, we are so pleased to be able to work with Chelmsford Public School on this project,” Sudbury Shared Harvest Youth Programs co-ordinator Fionna Tough said, in a press release. 

“Our staff have connected with students online and we hope some will participate with their families.” 

She adds that once COVID-19 is no longer a threat, there will be many more opportunities for students to participate in activities at the garden.

This is the sixth edible forest garden project led by Sudbury Shared Harvest, putting the group at halfway towards its goal of one in each of Sudbury’s wards by 2023. For more information, please visit sudburysharedharvest.ca or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.