A Big Thankyou

At the end of 2016 The Garden at Fritz held a pot-luck evening to thank our volunteers for their work during the year.

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We also extend kind acknowledgements to Mike Bleho and J.P from the McGill University Horticultural Center for once again plowing the field for us during the fall…. Mike and McGill university have been a tremendous help and strong promoters of the Fritz Farm Youth Gardening Program since its inception in the spring of 2013.

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We will be starting soon on our plans for the 2017 season. Please look out for details of how you can once again help to help those who benefit from our fresh vegetables.

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Ploughing the land

The garden was plowed yesterday thanks to the help of Mike Bleho from the McGill Horticultural Center.

We hope to next place leaves over the surface then roto till them into the soil next week, thereby getting the land into good condition for the 2017 season.

There is a brief video of the ploughing that you can download from goo.gl/ryxkpA

 

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Pumpkin weigh-in ends the season

This morning (Saturday 22 October) The garden-at-Fritz ended a fabulously successful and productive year growing vegetables for local food banks by celebrating – in pouring rain – the weigh-in for our Annual Youth Pumpkin Contest.

Each season young people from the town are invited to “adopt” a pumpkin seed which they plant and tend during the summer months with the object of growing the largest pumpkin ready for Halloween.

  • First prize was taken by Ana Gagnon at 110lbs
  • Second prize went to Sophie Hamdan at 100 lbs
  • Third prize was awarded to Claudia Tierry with a pumpkin of 80 lbs

Our congratulations to the winners and our thanks to the other 15 contestants for taking part.

(Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a full-size image in a slide show)

What did we harvest this year??

It’s almost the end of the vegetable harvesting season at the Garden-at-Fritz and everyone is excited to know how much we grew and delivered to the food banks and meals-on-wheels service in the area.

With the fabulous help of our volunteers we brought in …

Amount
Beans 243kg
Courgettes/Zucchini 230.8kg
Tomatoes 942kg
Beets 100kg
Kale

3 large boxes

Celery

21 plants

Salad

55 x 4litre bags

Celeriac

11 plants

Peppers 145kg
Carrots 0.75kg
Arugula

39 x 4litre bags

Squash

9

That’s enough tomatoes to top at least 4000 pizzas

There is still more to be harvested – pumpkins, squash and some lettuce – and so we will be starting to clean and clear the site soon, perhaps next weekend. Look out for an invitation to join us before the cold weather.

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Appreciation from the Mayor

A message to the volunteers at the Garden from the town’s Mayor:

Thank you all for your generosity of time and labour to help provide fresh, naturally grown healthy vegetables for the benefit of many people in need.

We are very proud of the good work you do for the extended island community.

Maria Tutino

The Harvest to Date

Today’s harvest was performed for the Garden-at-Fritz by Jorgia, Justin and Gabrielle from the McGill’s Farm to School program ….who enjoyed themselves this morning helping out with the gathering of crops.

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Up to this morning (to which you can add the contents of these three boxes, at the moment un-weighed) the garden has provided the following vegetables to the food banks/meals-on-wheels we support:

Beans – 116.3 kg
Courgettes/Cucumbers – 37.8 kg (+ 4/5 unweighed boxes)
Tomatoes – 51.7 kg (+ 3 unweighed boxes from this morning)
Beets – 60 roots
Kale – 2 unweighed boxes
Celery – 21 stalks
Mixed salad – 14 4-litre bags
Celeriac – 6 bulbs

… and there’s plenty more to come, especially as the tomatoes ripen. We have hardly started.