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GOOD FOR YOU: Treasure Island Demonstration Garden distributes 1,980 pounds to Windsor Food Pantry in 2013

Casey Kelly
ckelly@mywindsornow.com

The Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is shown after September's floods inundated much of the garden. Despite the weather setbacks in 2013, the garden was still able to produce about 1,980 pounds of food for the Windsor Food Pantry.

Despite ruined crops from floodwaters and hailstorms, the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden distributed 1,980 pounds of vegetables to the Windsor Food Pantry in 2013.

According to an end-of-year report from the garden presented to the Windsor Town Board on Jan. 13, volunteers planted most of the vegetable plants donated by Bonnie Plant Farms during the first weekend in April. The second weekend in April brought nearly a foot of snow to the garden, killing off nearly all the new plants.

Volunteers planted new donations from Bonnie Plant Farms in May, providing vegetables for the food pantry through June and July.

On Aug. 2, the report states a hailstorm completely wiped out the garden.

"During the next six weeks the garden (and gardeners) again demonstrated resilience," garden volunteer Bill Pratt stated in the report. "Plants that were not destroyed in the hailstorm rebounded and once again demonstrated their beauty."

Then the floodwaters came.

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"Most of the garden was underwater for several days in mid-September," Pratt said in the report. "All vegetable plants that had stood in floodwater were removed, and deliveries to the Windsor Food Pantry slowed to a trickle."

He said vegetable weights delivered to the pantry were about 300 pounds lower in 2013 than the two previous years.

"In spite of the adverse weather conditions experienced throughout the growing season, the garden continues to grow, develop and mature," Pratt said in the report. "Plans for improvements and new development for 2014 are underway. It is hoped that all hard-surface walkways can be completed in 2014."

By the Numbers

» Total vegetable distribution to Windsor Food Pantry 1,980 pounds

» Total number of vegetable plants donated by Bonnie Plant Farms About 300

» Donations of perennials and annuals from private gardens 75

» Estimated number of visitors to garden in 2013 500 visitors

» Estimated number of cyclists and pedestrians passing the garden 1,000

» Number of Master Gardener volunteers in 2013 11

» Number of community volunteers in 2013 23

» Volunteer hours contributed by Master Gardeners in 2013 888.5

» Volunteer hours contributed my community members in 2013 284.75

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