Barsby players get out their shovels

Barsby Bulldogs football players want to help Nanaimo gardens grow as they help out this week with the program's annual manure sale. Left to right are Ryan Stratton

Barsby Bulldogs football players want to help Nanaimo gardens grow as they help out this week with the program's annual manure sale. Left to right are Ryan Stratton

Barsby Bulldogs players bring a workmanlike effort to the football field, and also to Nanaimo’s gardens.

Players have got their shovels out this week to help with the football program’s 15th annual garden manure sale around the back of John Barsby Community Secondary School.

This year’s sale is scheduled for Saturday (March 12) and Sunday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but supplies tend to sell out fast – last year the manure was all gone by noon the first day. The Bulldogs have ordered a couple of extra dump truck loads of the two-year-old cow manure this year, but Bulldogs coach Rob Stevenson still advises gardeners to come early.

The bags are approximately 40 pounds (18 kilograms) and cost $5 each or five for $20. Gardeners who can’t pick up the manure themselves on the weekend can stop by the school’s front office this week and arrange for delivery.

All proceeds from the sale go to uniforms, protective gear and equipment for players.

“This is the make or break for us financially each year and we’re very appreciative of the community’s support,” Stevenson said.

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