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Community Garden Open Houses 2017

This summer we mapped neighbourhood interest to prioritize planning for new community-led gardens. Over 300 residents completed the online survey. The four communities listed below showed the highest interest in community gardens and will be getting open houses.

Summerwood

When: Wednesday, September 20

Drop in anytime between 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Summerton Park - Click here for location map

Please note: Event happens rain or shine so please dress appropriately 

Glen Allan

When: Thursday, September 21

Drop in anytime between 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Gilmore Park - Click here for location map

Please note: Event happens rain or shine so please dress appropriately 

Sherwood Heights

When: Tuesday, September 26 

Drop in anytime between 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Cottonwood Park - Click here for location map

Please note: Event happens rain or shine so please dress appropriately 

Lakeland

When: Thursday, September 28

Drop in anytime between 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Carson Park - Click here for location map

Please note: Event happens rain or shine so please dress appropriately 

General Session

If your neighbourhood wasn't selected to have an individual open house you are welcome to come to the general session.

When: Wednesday, October 4

Drop in anytime between 4 – 6 p.m.

Where: Agora (Community Centre) - Click here for location map

Please RSVP online for this event by Friday, September 29

What will you learn?

  • Find out what it takes to start a neighbourhood community garden.
  • Find out what support is available.
  • Learn about project timelines and the application process.
  • Why community gardens need community support.

Community gardens are community-led. To be successful they need people power, purpose and a plan.

People power

People power, purpose, plan Community gardens wouldn’t be community garden without people! Successful community gardens have volunteers taking on different roles to help keep the garden going. These roles may include: coordinator or liaison, treasurer, grounds leader, outreach coordinator and communications facilitator.

Purpose

Successful community gardens are designed for the community, by the community and with a clear purpose! It’s critical that the community garden members help identify their garden’s purpose. A few examples are community building, crime reduction, access to seasonal produce, donation and giving, learning new skills and increased opportunities for recreation.

Plan

A plan will help the group determine if there is enough interest and capacity to maintain the garden over the short, medium and long term. Creating a common vision and setting goals for the garden, along with clear timelines are necessary to move the project from idea to reality.

Further information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
Email: transportationandagriculture@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Page ID: 49848