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Garden club aimed at kids

The community garden here isn’t just for growing vegetables and producing healthy, inexpensive food anymore—it’s going to provide a learning experience for local children.

For the 2013 growing season, the Fort Frances Community Garden committee is planning a “Kids’ Garden Club,” which will start on Thursday, June 6.

“A couple years ago when the community garden started, the committee had always talked about that it would be kind of nice to do a kids’ garden club,” said Krista Nielson of the Northwestern Health Unit, who also is co-chair of the committee.

“We’ve always had some children involved with the garden and they really enjoy it,” she noted.

“So we’ve always talked about it being something in the future we’d like to do.

“So this year is the year we were actually able to do that,” said Nielson. “We’ve had a few volunteers come forward, as well as being already on the planning committee.

“We just thought it would be a great opportunity to give something for kids to participate in; something that doesn’t have any cost and will enable them to develop new skills while doing it,” she reasoned.

Nielson said each child will get to choose and grow their own vegetables, which they then will take care of, in addition to participating in fun weekly activities focusing on various gardening-related topics.

Starting June 6, the club will meet every Thursday (weather permitting) from 5-6 p.m. at the community garden, which is located on Lillie Avenue North between Fifth Street West and Sixth Street West.

Nielson admitted meeting outside leaves the club at the mercy of the weather.

“But we’re hoping for a nice season,” she remarked.

The club is open to children of all ages, although parental attendance may be required depending on the age of the child.

There is no fee to register.

“We’ve had a lot of interest so far, so we’re hoping it’s something that goes really well,” said Nielson.

Parents and guardians can register their children by contacting Nielson at 274-9827 ext. 3639, or via e-mail at knielson@nwhu.on.ca

Registrations also will be accepted at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday (May 25) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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