The day is cool, the sun is moving higher and the birds are clearing their throats. At the Carleton Place Community Garden, near Ottawa, the garden coordinator, a Lanark County Master Gardener, a Lanark County Food Bank representative and I arrive early to weed the 2018 beds. Strawberry plants are already visible, and the compost heap is ready for the new season.

Folks come in—one mom with a baby wrapped to her back—and head to their allotted plots to share in the first seasonal work party.

Soon, very soon, soft laughter and intermittent hellos fill the air, and we

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