It's harvest time in East Central Alberta and that goes for local gardeners as well as farmers.

The Drumheller Community Garden held its year end harvest bash on Wednesday evening at the site along 8 Ave, SW.

"The idea behind the garden is that it's truly a community space," explained Janessa McAuley, who also works for the Salvation Army, which runs the local food bank. "Community groups run the (raised) boxes throughout the season and then all the produce is donated to the food bank."

"We did a lot of workshops throughout the summer, learning about composting (and) birdhouse building, but also the groups every week come and harvest and tend together, so there's been a lot of participation, people getting to know each other (and) sharing knowledge," she added.

The Valley Growers Learning Garden, as it's officially been named, was started last year with money from the Canada 150 Community Fund and contains five raised beds to grow fresh vegetables for the food bank.

"We do have options even into next year where community members who just want to have their own box, if they don't have room in their own gardens or their own back yards, they can come and grow here as well," noted McAuley.

For more information on the Drumheller Valley Growers Garden contact Janessa McAuley at 403-823-2215, April Harrison at 403-823-1315 or Rose Poulson at 403-823-1317.

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