Victory garden harvest at southern Alberta museum yields nearly 1,300 pounds of vegetables

a man standing next to a pile of hay: Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.

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Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.

Around four months ago, staff and volunteers at Pincher Creek’s Heritage Acres Farm Museum held a sod-turning ceremony at its first-ever victory garden project. Fast-forward to Saturday, and the benefit of a hard summer’s work were reaped as nearly 1,100 pounds of potatoes and 180 pounds of carrots were harvested.

“Victory gardening” refers to the practice of gardening to support the community, originating during the First and Second World Wars to aid with food supply for troops overseas.

According to board vice president Anna Welsch, the idea for the garden came about while the museum was closed due to COVID-19.

“Being that we’re a farm museum and an agricultural community… this was our opportunity to hopefully take away some food insecurities from our local community,” Welsch explained.

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In sticking with their roots, antique equipment was used in the harvesting process, along with the hands of a more than a dozen volunteers.

“The interesting thing is our potato [harvester],” executive director Jim Peace said. “That tractor is a 1945 McCormick, and the potato digger was built in England at the turn of the century, so it’s been part of the collection here at Heritage Acres for years. It would have been originally pulled by a horse.”

According to David Green, coordinator for the Family Community Support Services for Pincher Creek, the food bank didn’t have the resources to take fresh produce until recently. Now, the new Pincher Creek Community Food Centre has the ability to store more varieties of food.

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“We’re making the transition to the new organization in a fiscally sound manner, they’re in good shape financially” he said.

Green adds although there hasn’t been a significant spike in need for the food bank services, they are consistently serving the community. He says a lot of people, not only Heritage Acres, have stepped up to increase donations through the pandemic.

“We’re very thankful to the community, both individuals and corporations.”

With such an increase, Peace says the choice of vegetable will allow them to donate in stages to suit the food bank’s needs.

“We picked potatoes and carrots because they store well,” Peace explained. “We have a heated Quonset, so we can actually bag them and provide them to the food bank [as we go].”

On top of the the potato and carrot donation, the museum says they have received around 1,500 pounds of hamburger through cattle donations from the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange, Dewald Livestock, Larson Custom Feeders, and Big Sky Feeder Association in conjunction with the Chinook Breeder Co-Op.

Pincher Creek is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Lethbridge.

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Lindsay community garden grows nearly 6,000 pounds of produce for food banks, non-profits

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A large-scale community garden in Lindsay, Ont., has now grown more than 5,000 pounds of food for organizations and programs this summer.


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After reporting more than 1,000 pounds of food grown at Edwin Binney’s Community Garden in July, the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes announced on Thursday that the total amount of produce has reached 5,944 pounds. All produce grown at the garden at Crayola Canada’s property is donated to 10 food banks and 11 non-profit organizations.

Last year the garden’s final harvest totalled 5,500 pounds.

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The United Way has recently started three pilot projects to deliver produce to clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.

The “Garden at Your Table” collaboration with Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes has delivered garden produce directly to 50 clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

In addition, Fresh Produce Fridays, a pilot led by United Way also delivers produce to three social housing units in Lindsay. An extension of this project in Haliburton is already in the works.

“Agency partnerships are critical to help people immediately in tough and unusual times,” said Penny Barton Dyke, the United Way’s executive director.

“Edwin Binney’s Community Garden has many partners with each contributing and dovetailing to bring knowledge, land, access to products and the opportunity to bring fresh produce to kitchen tables. This is an agricultural and education project that is building sustainable practices and partnerships.”

To access programs, donate, or learn more about the United Way and Edwin Binney’s Community Garden, visit online, email or call (705) 878-5081.

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7 Fatally Shot at California House Where 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Is Found

Seven people were fatally shot early Monday morning inside a Southern California home about 75 miles north of San Diego that the authorities said might have housed an illegal marijuana-growing operation.

More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and “several hundred” marijuana plants were found at the house in Aguanga, a rural, unincorporated area of Riverside County, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

One victim, a woman, was transported by paramedics to a hospital for treatment, the office said. All seven died as a result of their injuries, officials said.

A spokesman for the office declined on Tuesday to provide any details about the victims, their injuries or potential suspects.

In a statement on Monday, the sheriff’s office said the killings appear “to have been an isolated incident” and posed “no threat to the general public.”

Medical marijuana has been legal in California for 20 years and the sale of recreational marijuana was legalized in 2016. But the state’s longtime illegal marijuana market has continued to thrive, officials have said. Experts say that is because of the surplus of marijuana in the area as well as a patchwork of laws by local governments regulating the newly legalized industry.

Riverside County has regulated commercial cannabis operations since December 2018.

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