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Submitted by the Neighborhood Tomato Community Gardens, Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place, April 2015

Have you ever wondered how our communities could donate a ton of healthy vegetables to the Lanark County Food Bank? Read on.


In the Spring of 2014 the community gardens in Mississippi Mills and Carleton Place challenged Beckwith, Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills to a ‘friendly competition’ between the 3 towns, growing produce in some of the community garden beds, and encouraging people in each community to donate excess produce from their personal gardens. On October 16th, World Food Day, we had our final weigh in and over 2800 lbs. of fresh local food had been donated to the Food Bank.

The Neighbourhood Tomato Community Gardens are repeating the same challenge this year. Join us At St. Gregory’s Next Door, 176 Townline Rd., Carleton Place on May 1, 2015 at 12:30 as we kick off our ‘friendly competition’ with hopes of increasing the amounts we donate to the Food Bank in 2015.

If you can’t join us that day but would like to donate produce, bring produce to the Lanark County Food Bank, Allen St., Carleton Place, inform food bank staff you wish to participate in the challenge and indicate which municipality you are from.

Happy gardening.