Chetwynd community gardens plots a greenhouse

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The District of Chetwynd’s community gardens are slated for an upgrade, with a greenhouse to be added later this summer.

Council approved a grant proposal for the project at their April 6 meeting.

70 per cent of th project would be covered through Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) for an estimated cost of $21,790, with the district committing $6,450 from their 2021 capital budget. The greenhouse would help encourage local food production and security, as part of Chetwynd’s Official Community Plan.

Parks Manager Ellen McAvany says the community gardens have been a big hit with residents, noting a greenhouse would be well received as it extends the growing season for local greenthumbs.

“It enables people in growing foods and being able to do things when they don’t have space on their own property,” says McAvany. “It’s pretty exciting.”

The gardens are located behind the Pine Valley Exhibition Park and accommodated twelve gardeners last year.

“We’re looking forward to putting it together. This community always works together and I’m sure we’ll be able to source it out,” adds McAvany of the proposed build.

“The biggest cost of the greenhouse is the construction, but it looks after itself and it’s seasonal.”

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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News