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New community garden highlights common infrastructure problems It used to be a great big field, but now part of the city-owned land close to the corner of Grant Avenue and Stafford Street hosts 36 garden plots. Although many of the gardeners are happy, a lack of infrastructure means some won’t be coming back next year. “I think it’s wonderful,” says

community gardener Marianne Derkach. “It would be nice to see all of [the field] be established as a garden area.” The City of Winnipeg won’t

provide water at the site, making it difficult for residents who don’t live nearby to maintain their gardens. Roger Villeneuve is so disappointed he won’t be returning next year. “I know some people are happy with it because they live closer but for me I live far away so it’s not convenient,” says Villeneuve. “It would be nice if the city would

provide a barrel,” Derkach adds. “They provide water for all the flower pots nearby – what would it take (for them) to fill up a barrel?” The new community garden

came about after some residents approached area councillor Jenny Gerbasi. Although the initial plan called for 18 plots, the site proved so popular they increased capacity to 36 – and they’re all full. This is a trend seen across the city. “Demand has been strong and

may have increased in the last five years,” confirms Winnipeg’s city naturalist Rodney Penner.



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