Newcomers from the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Burnaby/New West region were ecstatic to participate in a community garden work party on July 8. The garden, managed by BARAGA (Burnaby and Region Allotment Gardens Association), is a collection of allotment plots rented by Burnaby residents. The plot rented by Burnaby Neighbourhood House (BNH) is used for teaching purposes and regularly invites local residents to take part in gardening work days.
At the BNH plot, participants got down to the nitty-gritty of community gardening, anything from pulling out stubborn weeds, tilling the soil, to seeding season-appropriate plants. Young burgeoning gardeners also explored the new environment from time to time, admiring the broad beans and fruits from well-tended gardens, and gave small handfuls of help to the adults whenever possible. Some lettuce, spinach and turnip seeds were thus planted that day! Under the warm sunshine and a slight breeze, newcomers were beginning to lay down new roots in their new home.