Fairies and flowers raise funds for Foodgrains Bank

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Residents of the Drayton Valley and Brazeau County area had a chance to stroll amongst fairies and English-style flower beds earlier this month — and raise money for the fight against global hunger.

The Care of Creation Garden Tour, which featured 13 gardens, was organized by the Drayton Valley United Church as a fundraiser for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger.

“It’s that effort to contribute to a more just society, both locally and globally, that is a value of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the United Church,” said organizer Dianne Nikiforuk. “It’s fundamental to our Christian faith.”

Finding a way to do that in an Alberta oil community was a bit of a challenge.

“We have a lot more oilfields than we do farms,” Nikiforuk said with a laugh. “But we do have gardens, and wonderful ones too.”

And with that, the Care of Creation Garden Tour emerged.

Nikiforuk said they received a lot of positive feedback from the tour participants, and she hopes to make the tour an annual event.

“We made it very clear that this was not a contest,” she explains. “We wanted the gardeners to be comfortable sharing their creations, and everyone was really pleased.”

Funds were raised through the sale of tickets to participate in the tour, which included an old-style English garden, a fairy garden, and a classic vegetable garden.

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