Cargill donates $1,000 to Horticultural Society on Earth Day

By Joel Charron

In honour of Earth Day, Cargill Locations in Harrow and Staples are supporting the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society and the town of Amherstburg by donating $1,000.

The donation will go towards the cost of creating a tribute garden at Covington Place.

Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society president Al Gignac (far left) and vice-president Shelly Ruzgys accept a $1,000 donation from Cargill marketing representative Jessica Lees-Gignac.

“Earth Day has great meaning to many employees who work diligently to inspire awareness and promote the care of our environment,” said Cargill marketing representative Jessica Lees-Gignac.

According to Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society president Al Gignac, Covington Place is a piece of land located by the police station that has significant meaning. The Americans occupied Covington Place during the War of 1812.

“It wasn’t really a fort it was more like an earth works,” said Gignac. “The town is working with the Horticultural Society to put some sort of garden bed there as a tribute,” said Gignac.

Gignac said the construction of the tribute garden will occur sometime this year, however no date has been set as to when construction will begin.

Although the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society will not assist the town in building the garden bed, vice-president Shelly Ruzgys said the Society will work closely with the town to provide input on the plant selection and design.

“The town has been wonderful in working with us, asking our opinion and showing us plans to get our feedback on what kind of plant material would thrive in certain areas,” said Ruzgys.

Gignac mentioned that the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society will add to the $1,000 donation at a later date.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries.

Lees-Gignac said the Cargill Harrow location wanted to do something different for Earth Day this year. In the past Cargill usually plants a number of trees in various locations throughout Essex County.

“This year we wanted to do something a little more special and be more involved with the community,” said Lees-Gignac.

Being a member of the Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Society herself, Lees-Gignac thought Cargill teaming up with the Society would be a perfect fit.

“It’s really important to give back and support our community,” said Lees-Gignac.

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