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Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website backyardbuzz.ca

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

Thanks for the Meal

Submitted by Judy Kennedy

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Over the past summer, several groups in our community grew and donated fresh produce to the Salvation Army’s local food bank. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following groups: the Maryboro Lodge museum’s “Victory Garden” which was created and managed by members of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society, students from Langton Public School’s “Green Team,” and students from Fenelon Falls Secondary School led by teacher Colleen Carew, as well as many individual members of our community contributed to this bounty of fresh produce for our food bank.

We asked the recipients of the fresh produce from the food bank to jot down their comments about how much they enjoyed the fresh veggies, and here’s what some of them wrote: 

So, to all of you who helped with donations of funding for building supplies to build the gardens, seeds and plants, and your labour to harvest the produce that helped put food on the tables of those who needed a helping hand to feed their families, a huge “Thank You.” Your work and your donations were gratefully received and appreciated by those less fortunate, who enjoyed the fruits of your labour. 

For some, hunger is a constant problem and there are some simple ways that you can help. Then next time you go to the grocery store, buy a few extra items and either drop them into the food bank barrel as you leave the store, or take them to your local food bank. 

When you are planting your veggie garden next spring, why not plant and grow an extra row of veggies to give to the food bank. I know that on many occasions, I tend to plant more than I need and it all seems to mature at the same time, which allows me to share some of my garden abundance with those who need and will enjoy it. 

You, or someone you know, may also have one or more fruit trees, or a big patch of rhubarb that produces far more than you or they can possibly eat or freeze. Please don’t let it go to waste. Our local food bank would be a great place to share it with.


Merry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous, caring and sharing New Year. Be kind to one another.

Sincerely,

Judy Kennedy 

On behalf of the Salvation Army Food Bank, Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society and Maryboro Lodge, Fenelon Falls Museum