The Municipality of Chester agreed to let advocates of its community garden project add more raised beds on public property in the Village of Chester.
Project supporters plan to establish six more low, raised vegetable beds and three more high, accessible beds.
"The transition to all raised beds has generated more interest from residents and organizations to the point where the demand is greater than we can accommodate," the municipality's communications officer, Jennifer Webber, said in a written report to council. "The accessible beds introduced last year were well received, and we anticipate that the interest will only climb every year."
Webber indicated a small group in the village offered to work with the municipality to expand the garden and have volunteers to prepare and construct additional beds as well as purchase materials. The group approached the municipality "to use the garden in a program that completely aligns with our values and intended use of the space."
"Once fully operational, the program will target seniors and marginalized residents, using gardening, music, food, and friendship to promote sustainable food sources."