The Dawson Creek Community Garden Society says their hard work has been vandalized, with thieves breaking in two nights ago by cutting a hole in the fence.
Society president Fern Hansen said it’s frustrating to see, and has filed a report with RCMP. However, it’s not the first time the community gardens have been targeted by thieves and vandals.
“It’s sort of to be expected. We thought if we didn’t have barb wire on the top, then they would just climb over and wreck stuff,” she said. “But they cut through, instead of having the energy to climb over.”
Carrots and other vegetables were taken from the plots in the newly minted gardens, which celebrated a grand opening on June 18.
Despite the setback, Hansen says there’s not much they can do but carry on. They’ve long since learned to lock up any valuables and tools at the community gardens to make the space less of a target for criminals.
“We’ve been at this a while, and we’ve had some of the fools coming into trailside, which is the other community garden. They cut through there, because there is barb wire,” she said.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative.
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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News