Clearview’s Community Garden will receive a $1,200 grant from the Huronia Community Foundation to support the planting of a fruit orchard and build upon the existing fruit bushes donated by community members and volunteers.
“Friends of the Clearview EcoPark & Community Garden gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Huronia Community Foundation. In this inaugural year, foundations need to be established for the orchard, which will include fruit trees and berry bushes.” Said Amanda Murray, Community, Culture and Tourism Coordinator.
The Huronia Community Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the Southern Georgian Bay Community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in support of the arts & culture, community services, environment, healthcare & mental health, seniors, sports & recreation and youth & scholarships.
The funding will be used to purchase a minimum of nine fruit trees, which, except for plums, typically have to be planted in pairs. Apple, cherry, pear, peach and plum trees will be planted in the orchard in late fall and should start to bear fruit within 2 to 3 years. The grant funding has also allowed blueberry bushes, strawberry plants, raspberry canes and asparagus to be planted.
Amanda and the Friends of the EcoPark & Community Garden have been overjoyed by the support that the garden has received in its inaugural year, “we are very grateful to the community for donating some of these fruit bushes so that we can maximize the number of plants and trees during this first year.”
Produce from the community orchard will be donated to the Clearview-Stayner Food Bank and other community organizations. For more information on the Community Garden please visit discoverclearview.ca/parks-trails-facilities/ecopark-dog-park. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erica Dewey, EcoPark Assistant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact:
Community, Culture & Tourism Coordinator
(705) 428-6013 ext. 504
From left to right Carol Vaughan, Friends of the EcoPark Community Garden Volunteer and Erica Dewey, EcoPark Assistant