New garden beds are already filling up the newly built community garden at the Qualicum Commons. Karly Blats photo

QB garden society obtains new land, wants members

The Qualicum Beach Community Garden Society has a new plot of land at the Qualicum Commons

The Qualicum Beach Community Garden Society has new land ready to be filled with garden plots for avid gardeners.

The society obtained a space at the Qualicum Commons (former elementary school) where several garden beds are being installed. The area was cleared and garden beds are being constructed by society board members.

The society is looking for newcomers to fill the gardens. Raised beds are also available for people with mobility issues.

Related: Second community garden in the works in Qualicum Beach

The society currently occupies land at the west end of Village Way that they began operating in 2009 when the Town of Qualicum Beach granted them a license to operate. A total of 45 10-ft-by-10-ft plots were laid out. The society’s vision is to provide spaces where residents can grow food organically, meet other gardeners and actively contribute to the health and well being of the community.

Members of the community gardens must use only organic gardening methods and bring in their own soil.

“A lot of us are not landowners or we wanted something small,” said Sharon Hudson, board member with the society. “I lived in a condo on Beach Road for 10 years so this was my little piece of heaven to come to and nurture it.”

Those interested in membership costs or construction details can contact board member Alan McDonald at alan.w.mcdonald@gmail.com.

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