Brandon is home to a real success story in its Community Garden network, a series of 17 locations throughout the city that give gardeners of all experience levels an outlet to grow and learn in a community environment.
Located in the city’s South end, Hummingbird Garden is the largest of the bunch. Started several years ago with just 26 gardeners, folks on-site this week told me that this year’s field is a home-away-from-home for more than 400 growing everything from sunflowers to tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, beats, lettuce and everything in between with a little fruit thrown in for good measure.
I popped by for a visit on an evening this week as many of the crops reach peak production. I really appreciated how accommodating everyone was while I hovered around with camera and enjoyed the chats I had along the way with folks that were on-site for their watering, weeding and harvest of crops that happened to be ready. The better shots I came away with are included in the gallery below.