Barsby Bulldogs football players shovel and bag manure in the school’s back parking lot. The football program’s annual garden manure sale starts Tuesday, March 13. GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin

Barsby football’s garden manure sale starts this week

Sale starting Tuesday, March 13, is a fundraiser for uniforms and protective equipment

Nanaimo’s football fans can have flourishing gardens again this year as the Barsby Bulldogs are holding their annual manure sale.

John Barsby Secondary School’s football program holds its garden manure sale starting Tuesday, March 13.

“It’s a big team-building exercise and our No. 1 fundraiser of the year,” said Rob Stevenson, Bulldogs coach, adding that all proceeds go to uniforms and protective equipment.

He said the players learn that a little bit of sweat helps them put their own shirt on their back.

“We start off with this, find out exactly who the workers are – it’s hard work after the first 15 minutes – and we move on from the manure sale to training after this,” Stevenson said.

The sale will be held 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2-5 p.m. on Friday, and at 8:30 a.m. Saturday depending how supplies last. The sale is taking place in the back parking lot off Bruce Avenue.

The 18-kilogram (40-pound) bags of two-year-old cow manure cost $5 each or five bags for $20 on pickup orders. To arrange for the manure to be delivered, stop by the school office Tuesday or Wednesday.

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