St. Saviour’s Anglican Church food pantry garden is flourishing, with scarlet runner beans growing skyward, squashes spilling out of their beds and cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, carrots, radishes, lettuces and cucumbers all producing in glorious profusion.
“This garden is so satisfying, and all the produce is going to feed hungry people in the community who come to our food pantry,” says project manager Sandra Hartline. The barrier free food pantry, in the basement of the Silica side of the church, is entirely volunteer run and is open every Friday between 9 and 11 a.m., including holidays.
Funders include the Nelson and District Credit Union Community Investment Program, the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program, and the Osprey Community Foundation.
The food pantry garden, consisting of three raised beds and trellises constructed with PVC pipe and hemp twine, was planted using seaweed, lime, sea soil, perlite, worm castings, soil mineralizer and alfalfa pellets, and watering has been enhanced by extra nutrients. Future plans include constructed composters with raspberries, potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables planted nearby.
St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral (Anglican Church) is located at 701 Ward St. in Nelson.
For further information about the garden, please phone 250-352-9871.