The Hope Community Garden greenhouse was demolished in a wind storm last week. Members won’t be able to plant vegetable seeds early this season

Wind destroys community greenhouse

Hope garden members will now have a shorter growing season

Hope Community Garden members will have a late start this season due to the loss of their greenhouse.

A wind storm knocked over the structure last week, buckling the frame and ripping apart the plastic.  Katimavik volunteers helped clean up the debris on Saturday.

“There was no way to fix it,” said garden coordinator Esther Brysch. “It’s a loss, but we will work our way through.”

Without a greenhouse, members will have limited crop turnover this season. Lettuce, Swiss chard, kohlrabis, broccoli, zucchini and squash seeds are usually planted in small trays in early spring before being transplanted into the garden. The greenhouse is also used to grow tomatoes and peppers during the summer.

“Normally I can have two different varieties of vegetables growing in the same spot, or maybe even three depending on the weather,” said Brysch. “This will probably not happen this year. We will start later because we have to seed directly into the ground.”

Brysch doesn’t know if or how the greenhouse will be replaced. The property insurance doesn’t cover wind damage.

The community garden at the corner of Coquihalla Street and Fourth Avenue is a project administered by Free Rein Associates. It was established five years ago through a grant from Fraser Health Authority and the support of numerous groups and organizations.

The brush-filled land was cleared, fencing was donated by the district, and wood for the plots was supplied by Rona. Spectra Energy and CUPE workers later provided the greenhouse and garden shed, and Jim Lasser Construction brought in heavy equipment to help volunteers build a front rock garden. Hope Communities in Bloom has also assisted the garden with planting, weeding, digging and growing.

Every spring volunteers, some with a small plot of their own, bring the garden to life. Members receive access to water, soil, lime and gardening tools.

Membership to the Hope Community Garden is $25, which goes towards helping the garden achieve financial independence once grant funding is exhausted.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 business listing: Hope and area

Find out which stores are open and how to support those who are feeling the effects of the pandemic

PHOTOS: Playtime is back!

Paula Morrison of Angel Daycare Centre captured a moment of absolute joy

Kelowna trial for three men charged in Hope murder delayed 11 months

The trial for the alleged killers of Michael Bonin has been moved to May 2021, was supposed to begin this month

VIDEO: RCMP Emergency Response Team at known drug house in Chilliwack

Armed officers respond to reports of shots, bring in ERT, K-9 unit and spike belt

BREAKING: Homicide investigators probe suspicious death on Highway 1 north of Yale

RCMP found a person with life-threatening injuries early Wednesday, who later died at the scene

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

COVID claims 23rd Langley Lodge patient, making it the deadliest outbreak in B.C.

Coronavirus kills another senior at Langley care home, bringing B.C. total to 166

Family of dead B.C. football star urge changes to mental health policies in hospitals

Uko family disappointed in actions of Regina hospital, hosting public funeral service this weekend

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

Maple Ridge woman fights WorkSafe BC over police widow’s pension

Dalila Vroom says husband, Const. Rob Vroom, died as a result of PTSD from time with Abbotsford PD

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

Most Read