Vandals damage community gardens harvest
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 12:28 pm
For the last few years I have been the volunteer coordinator for the community garden which is located alongside the Kinsmenís recreation grounds at the end of McRae Street. I think Okotoks can be proud of the garden and especially of the gardeners that spend a lot of time down there looking after the garden and their vegetable crops. This year the garden has done particularly well through a combination of rain, hard work and a reduction in the gopher population. Unfortunately, much of the work put in by our gardeners has been rendered useless because of recent attacks by vandals climbing over the fence and ripping up plants and trampling ripe tomatoes and other crops into the ground. While it might be convenient to think that this might be the work of some sort of anti-zucchini society, unfortunately it is much more likely to have been done by teenagers who like to party on the picnic tables close to the garden. While some of us can probably relate to teens who have a hatred for vegetables we would prefer that they deal with this by telling their mums and not tearing up our garden. On the other hand, I suppose there is some attraction for a big brave teenager to climb over the fence to attack tomatoes plants in that they rarely fight back. Unfortunately, vandalism of this sort is becoming all too common in Okotoks and it seems to rise in parallel with the number of Mounties, sheriffs and bylaw officers that we have around. I recognize that the problem of vandalism is a very difficult issue for law officers to deal with, but my casual observation suggests that a major percentage of the law resources that we have in town is devoted to catching little old ladies who exceed the 40 kph speed limit along Riverside Drive. Together with lots of other folks I watched the big bike race on Sunday and was amazed at the huge pack of law officers on motor bikes who drove along in front of the racers. It was very impressive, but I couldnít help wishing that at least one of those guys might get off his Harley and come over to help guard our garden.
Coordinator, Okotoks Community Garden