SEEDS NELSON burglarized at Lakeside Greenhouse

Thieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photoThieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photo
Thieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photoThieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photo

SEEDS, a non-profit organization formed in 2012, is asking for public assistance to help solve a burglary at its greenhouse at Lakeside Park in Nelson.

SEEDS board member Stephanie Myers said in a media release sometime between Saturday February 26th at noon and Tuesday February 28th the greenhouse in Lakeside Park was broken into and three panels of LED lights were stolen.

“Everything looked normal when (greenhouse manager) Nicole (Murray) locked things up on Sat. Feb. 26th after her morning shift, but when she unlocked the door the next Tuesday morning something was missing,” Myers said.

“There had been three donated panels of LED lights supplying some much-needed light for plant starts during the winter months. Someone had cut the plastic coroplast that makes up the shell of the greenhouse just where the lights were and taken all three panels. The poor plants are now suffering with these short dark days.”

Each of the three LED panels made by a company called Glow Panel, were about 14” x 14” square, with hundreds of LED lights on each.

Myers said report was filed with Nelson Police Department.

The City was also informed because the greenhouse is their property and insurance would need to be alerted.

Myers saud SEEDS Nelson has been occupying this greenhouse, which belongs to the City of Nelson since it was rebuilt after the big June wind storm of 2015 when a tree destroyed the previous structure.

At the time of the big wind storm SEEDS NELSON was donating 30lbs of fresh greens a week to the local groups including: Nelson Food Cupboard, Our Daily Bread, Stepping Stones, Nelson District Women’s Centre and the Anglican Church Pantry.

If anyone has information regarding this theft they are asked to please call NPD at 250.354 or Murray at 250.777.4206 .

SEEDS NELSON welcomes volunteers into the greenhouse three days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am – noon. She shows them how to start, pot, and harvest plants.

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