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Parksville Community Garden Society strikes gold with potato donation

150 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes given to food bank
From left: Dorenda (Salvation Army Food Bank), with Bert and Len from the community garden society, plus a bumper crop of potatoes. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Parksville Community Garden Society dug for gold on Saturday, Aug. 12. Yukon Gold, that is.

The society delivered 150 pounds of freshly harvested Yukon Gold potatoes to the Salvation Army Food Bank on Monday morning (Aug. 14).

As in past growing seasons, the society members have donated a significant amount of produce to the local Salvation Army Food Bank.

In addition to members who participated in the “Grow a Row for the Food Bank”, the Community Garden members took on a special project to rehabilitate a portion of the garden area that had served as a catch-all for rocks and old blocks of concrete. The narrow waste land was cleared, tilled and planted with potatoes.

The rejuvenated land supported three long rows of potatoes. After three months of weeding, watering and tending the plants, the crop matured.

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On Saturday morning (Aug. 12), a dozen gardeners came to harvest those potatoes and delivered them to the food bank that Monday.

This special delivery was in addition to many other drops from the individual members, which brought the total Community Garden contribution to well over 350 pounds of nutritious and delicious home-grown potatoes.

It is not all work at the Community Garden though. For the second year the gardeners have submitted entries to the Grower’s Plate competition.

This prestigious trophy is awarded to the garden member who grows the largest potato in that year. The presentation will be made at the Gardener’s Picnic later this month.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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