Plans are well underway for the establishment of a Community Garden at the Minden Fairgrounds this spring.

Sponsored by the Minden Community Food Centre and supported by the Minden Rotary Club, it will provide a minimum of 20, four-feet by 12-feet raised beds for planting by individuals.

Gary Stoner of the Food Centre said the project will provide fresh produce for food bank clients and the general public, many of whom do not have the physical space to create a garden on their own property, or who live in rented accommodation.

Dave Woodcroft, president of the Rotary Club of Minden, said his club supports the initiative “as a tremendous benefit to the community.” He, along with Lynda Litwin, also of Rotary, are encouraging other service clubs in Minden to hop on board with their support.

Litwin said, “many organizations have already indicated they are behind this most worthwhile project.”

Applications for a spot in the garden are already being accepted by contacting the Minden Community Food Centre at 705-286-6838 or by email mindencommunityfoodcentre@

“The organizing committee would like to see more involvement from the community and lists the following opportunities for volunteers to get involved: garden co-ordinator, provision and erection of perimeter fencing, garden hoses, construction of a small garden shed, site preparation and top soil, plot construction, providing and putting up signs and financial help.

Further details will be provided at an upcoming meeting for anyone interested, Feb. 21 at the Dominion Hotel at 7 p.m.