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Glace Bay Food Bank's community garden loses new greenhouse in Hurricane Dorian

The greenhouse in the community garden at the Glace Bay Food Bank wasn't able to withstand hurricane Dorian's strong winds. Garden co-ordinator Kimberly MacPherson took this photo of the destruction the day after the storm. CONTRIBUTED/GLACE BAY FOOD BANK FACEBOOK
The greenhouse in the community garden at the Glace Bay Food Bank wasn't able to withstand hurricane Dorian's strong winds. Garden co-ordinator Kimberly MacPherson took this photo of the destruction the day after the storm. CONTRIBUTED/GLACE BAY FOOD BANK FACEBOOK - Contributed

Damage at Glace Bay Food Bank estimated at $3,000

GLACE BAY, N.S. —

The new greenhouse gifted to the Glace Bay Food Bank community garden in June didn't survive the wrath of hurricane Dorian on Saturday.  

The 8x12 structure, designed, constructed and donated by Dillion Consulting — an engineering consulting firm in Sydney — was a crumbled mess of plastic, twisted medal and uprooted plants when garden co-ordinator Kimberly MacPherson checked on it Sunday. 

"It was heartbreaking," said MacPherson, standing in the garden located in the backyard of the Glace Bay Food Bank.  

"We put our heart and souls into that garden. We use it to teach clients how to grow. We have supplied over 300 tomato plants to community members to grow at home ... If they can't afford soil, we provide it with containers."  

When MacPherson checked on the garden the day after the storm, she found the greenhouse and all its contents in a tangled mess. The plastic covering was ripped and torn, the metal poles twisted and crumbled. Although the base (with an estimated cost of $800) could possibly be salvaged, MacPherson thinks it won't work for them.  

"With Mother Nature being the way it is, I think we'll need something stronger."  

Along with Dillion Construction, other businesses helped make the greenhouse dreams a reality. Meco Construction built the base, Big Top Tent Rentals brought it over to the Glace Bay Food Bank and Castle Building Supplies donated materials needed for installation of the unit.  

And like the businesses that helped get the greenhouse there, people in the community were quick to volunteer their time to clean up the site on Monday.  

"It's only 7:30 a.m. and I already have 15 volunteers here to help me. And the calls I got from the community (Sunday), offering help... It gives me shivers," said MacPherson, obviously grateful for the support.  

"We can't dwell on what we lost. We have to be thankful for what we do have and that no one was hurt."  

The Glace Bay Food Bank was very busy Monday morning, the first day they were open after the storm. MacPherson said they were filling more orders than usual because of the high number of people still without power in Glace Bay, which caused food in many fridges to go bad. 

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