[David Hinks]

Mark May1 at 12:30 noon on your calendar in bold green ink. This will be the launch of “The Great Veggie Grow-Off”.

 The Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardens in Mississippi Mills, and the Community Gardens at St.Gregory’s Next Door in Carleton Place, are challenging the towns of Beckwith, Carleton Place, and Mississippi Mills to see which town can grow the most local produce for the Lanark County Food Bank in 2014. We are encouraging residents to garden at home or use existing community garden beds and share some of their harvest with the Lanark County Food Bank.

Hope to see you at Augusta Street Park in Almonte on May 1st at 12:30 pm as we have invited local dignitaries, celebrities and you the gardeners of the area. All are welcome so feel free share this invitation.

We have now developed detailed plans for the ‘Big Dig’ at Augusta Park May 8 & 9 when we will be creating a much enlarged allotment garden and new collaborative community garden in Augusta Park when we will be at the park from 8am to dark until we ‘Git ‘er done’!

If you weren’t able to make it to the planning meeting and want to be involved please let me know if you are able to participate in the “Big Dig’ at (hinks.david@rogers.com). We need people with shovels, hammers and enthusiasm to strip sod, make raised beds, and build a fence, tool storage and composters. Please let me know if you have any leads on possible donations of lumber, fencing, compost or top soil.

The next educational opportunities that have been planned are a weekly ‘weed and learn’ session May 15 & every Thursday evening through the growing season 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join us at Augusta Park for a collaborative community gardening session as we share our knowledge, mentor new gardeners, weed our new garden and share some fellowship.

 It is not too late to order your rain barrel! They are being sold in conjunction with the sale of trees by the Chamber of Commerce. We are still accepting pre-sale orders for a Fundraising Truckload Rain Barrel Sale at the Town of Mississippi Mills Municipal Garage, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte, ON.

 NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for April 26 but has been delayed as the suppliers of the trees are behind schedule due to the extended winter!! Please check with the Chamber for updates as to the sale date.

 Rain barrels are being sold for $55 each or two for $110. All orders must be placed online in advance at www.RainBarrel.ca/tomato or by calling Deanna at 613-256-7535 or e-mailing deannabarry@storm.ca