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Thanks to all who expressed an interest in our community garden plots. We are now fully subscribed at both our gardens!

 


Spring has sprung, and, with it, activity at our two community gardens has shifted into high gear. Alexandra and Crescent Park Community Gardens welcome thirty-five new gardeners this season. We now have 114 neighbours tending eighty-six plots!

Community gardens provide a source of local, fresh, organic produce, along with the physical and emotional benefits of getting outside and working the earth. But they are also places where community happens. Last year, our gardeners built produce-sharing boxes to allow harvesting by passers-by; and they annually donate boxes of produce to Sources Food Bank.

     This year, in cooperation with Dunsmuir Community Garden and Ocean Park Community Orchard, ACG and CPCG will be creating avenues of dialogue and cooperation between the 200+ community gardeners active in the Crescent Beach and Ocean Park neighbourhoods. This will include social and educational events, as well as opportunities for advocacy and activism around food security and greenspace protection.

The power of community! Volunteers at Crescent Park Community Garden recently completed construction of a pergola, to house gatherings in the garden and provide a beautiful focal point. Our thanks to Tom and Mariette Malone - parents of gardener Madeleine Buhlau - whose donation made this construction possible.Members and friends of our Crescent Park Community Garden gathered in July  to officially cut the ribbon for our new pergola! Much thanks to Tom and Mariette Malone for their generous donation, which made its construction possible - as well as to the team which did the design and building.

The pergola provides a welcome addition to the beautification of the garden; and a focal point for planned and impromptu gatherings for both the garden community, and the neighbourhood as a whole. Please come and check it out!

(Thanks to CPCG gardener Andrea McCorkell for the photographs).

Crescent Park Community Garden

Crescent Park Community Garden is now in its second year  After years of planning, the garden was built by dedicated volunteers who hauled crushed gravel, laid down mulch, and built garden boxes and compost bins to create a gem of a community garden in the heart of Ocean Park.

The garden is operated by Alexandra Neighbourhood House and sits on a one-acre site located at Kiwanis Park Place on 128th St and 25th Ave, just behind Crescent Park Elementary.  

Of the 56 garden plots, 46 are 10’ x 5’ raised beds, 10 are 4’ x 8’ wheelchair-accessible beds and two are designated for Crescent Park Elementary students to learn alongside the most experienced gardeners. A percentage of the plots are also reserved for Kiwanis Park Place residents.

The garden has fostered a real sense of community. Experienced gardeners share their knowledge with newcomers, and people exchange seeds, plants, and extra produce. Members also get together for “work parties” to maintain the common areas of the property.  Community connection also happens through the group’s Facebook page and the bulletin board posted at the site where members share garden tips, sale prices on seeds & plants at local garden vendors, and more.  The garden has also been accepted as an official Master Gardener project for Senga Fullam, who has brought her considerable gardening knowledge to the community.

For more information, contact Neil Fernyhough, Manager, Community Programs at 604-535-0015 (ext 236) or communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

 

 

Alexandra Community Garden

 

Now entering its sixth season, Alexandra Community Garden consists of thirty plots, leased on an annual basis to members of the community. It is located in a small park, privately owned by Alex House, across the street from the facility in Crescent Beach. In addition to the individual plots, gardeners tend a food bank plot located on the grounds of Alex House as well as a number of communal flower boxes and barrels.

 

The attractive onsite gazebo is enjoyed by both gardeners and the general public. Garden maintenance is supported by the annual plot fees, a plant sale at the Alexandra festival on the last Saturday in May, and support from Alex House. Gardeners choose a governance committee annually who work with Alex House staff to ensure that the garden runs smoothly and is maintained. Gardeners enjoy a number of informal social activities together, including regular work parties to maintain and beautify the site. ACG also enjoys the mentorship of two local volunteer Master Gardeners, Patti Chabot and Kathy Starke. For more information, contact Neil Fernyhough, Manager, Community Programs at 604-535- 0015 (ext 236) or communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

 For more information on our community garden please email communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

Volunteer Master Gardeners and mentors, Patti Chabot and Kathy Starke.

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