By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – A group of green thumbs had trowels and buckets in hand as they tended to the sprouting community garden in the downtown area.
© Adam Brazeau
Transition Cornwall+ members were busy at the community garden in front of the police station on Pitt street. Pictured (from left) John Towndrow, Penny Bateman, Lorna McKendry,Richard Russell and Susan Towndrow.
Transition Cornwall+, an eco-advocacy group that pushes a greener call of action to reduce fossil fuels and grow food independently, were planting new ideas for their newest annual event.
In May, the environmental-activist group put on the ‘Incredible Edible Plant’ festival in front of city hall. They handed out 500 plants, in 300 two-litre pots, to encourage growing your own food, while reducing your carbon footprint.
“We want to get the word out there,” said Susan Towndrow, a member of Transition Cornwall+. “Next year we want to make it a little bit bigger.”
Transition Cornwall+ is eager to hear how the community responded to the event’s initiative and how the plants are doing. Bounties of tomato, pepper, bean and strawberry plants were offered free of charge to the public.
The hopes of the event and modestly sized flowerbed, located just outside of the police station on Pitt street, are mighty. It serves as a “local food supply” and is readily available to create “food security.” The enviro-action group wants the budding influence of their do-it-yourself attitude to carry on in the community and the festival/garden to serve as catalysts.
Five members of Transition Cornwall+ were busy sprucing up the flowerbed, which boasts several tasty and unique plants. There are two-dozen in the community garden, including zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, chard, dill, purple basil, parsley and other herbs and vegetables.
John Towndrow, Susan's husband and also a member of Transition Cornwall+, said even those who think they don’t have room can grow on their patio or right outside their front and back door.
“This we way people can get vegebtables with doing nothing more than going to their doorstep,” said John Towndrow.
Their grassroots greenly-thumbed ambitions are part of an international Transition movement that began in the United Kingdom in 2005.
To find out more, visit www.transitioncornwall.com.