In memorial: The gazebo at the community garden was donated by the Nichols family in memory of Herman Nichols. Photo submitted

Community Garden meeting held May 3

Ponoka Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) held a meeting about the community garden on May 2.

“There has been an incredible amount of volunteer time, donations, and care put into this beautiful garden area and the crew seems to up their game each year,” said Shelly Van Eaton, program coordinator.

There were 11 people in attendance at the meeting.

There are 44 plots available to start and there are about seven left.

The garden has been rototilled and was staked over the weekend by volunteers.

Some will start planting root vegetables soon and vegetables and flowers are also grown in the garden.

The community garden was started in 2010 with a federal grant from New Horizons.

It is located on the west end of 35 Ave. at the south end of the Diamond Willow Walking Trail in a chain link fence to keep the deer out.

There is a gazebo, which was donated by the Nichols family in memory of Herman Nichols. FCSS put a roof on it.

The Nichols family has been gardening this area for 62 years.

Jo Nichols and her family are still going strong in the garden — it is part of their life.

Jo didn’t work and the harvest was necessary for their family meals.

That’s the most relaxing place there is she says, whether weeding or reading or just when needing a peaceful tranquil place. Birds, deer, serene.

The Ponoka County Regional Fire department supplies water for the garden and FCSS supplies a portable outhouse and a dumpster bin for compost and a new mower, added last year, keeps the outside areas maintained.

The Town donated some matting to make a beautiful, weed free, walkway and local nurseries sometimes donate tomato plants and flowers.

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