BEHIND THE SCENES: Donation garden suffers suspected chemical attack

A local woman, Trista Pino, who has been running a donation garden near Bell’s Point Beach Campground in Garden River, experienced a devastating chemical attack that destroyed nearly 40% of her plants. Pino has been growing fruits and vegetables to combat food insecurity in the area and donates around 90% of her harvest to the community. The attack left her plants drooping, with some showing signs of melting leaves, and a strong chemical smell was evident in the garden.

Pino initially suspected blight but later realized her garden had been targeted with a chemical spray. She filed a police report, but without evidence or eyewitnesses, the police couldn’t take further action. To protect her garden in the future, Pino installed trail cameras and plans to add better security measures. Despite the setback, Pino received overwhelming support from the community on social media, encouraging her to continue her efforts in the garden, which she credits with helping her recover from addiction six years ago.

The attack impacted approximately 40 per cent of the garden, with tomatoes, beans, melons, and lettuce suffering the most damage. Pino is determined to rebuild and continue her mission to support those in need through her donation garden.

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A local woman, Trista Pino, runs a donation garden near Bell’s Point Beach Campground, and recently her garden suffered a suspected chemical attack, resulting in nearly 40 per cent of her plants being destroyed. Authorities from the OPP in Sault Ste. Marie has been involved, but they are uncertain about the motive behind the attack, as there were no cameras to capture evidence. Pino has taken steps to improve security by installing trail cameras, brighter lights, and considering additional fencing.

The local community responded with overwhelming support on social media, with hundreds of positive

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