Community Building through Gardening
In May of 2012 volunteers and newcomers came together and built 15 raised garden beds on Glenforest Drive. Glen Garden was such a success that, in addition to expanding Glen Gard, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia collaborated with partners on the building of 3 more gardens in the area.
The Growing Strong Neighbourhoods Project now has four gardens:
- Glen Garden – has 51 garden plots, and is located on Glenforest Drive
- Multicultural Garden – has 36 garden plots, located on Ashburn Avenue (off Bayers Road)
- Killam Garden – has 14 plots, built by Killam Properties on Plateau Crescent
- Mosaic Garden – has 32 plots, located on Willet Street (near Mosaic Church)
Who can apply?
Anyone who lives in Clayton Park or Fairview can apply. Although the gardens are very popular amongst newcomer families, gardens also are held each year for long-term residents in the neighbourhoods where the gardens are located. The goal is for the gardens to become a place where people can not only grow healthy, fresh vegetables to feed their families, but also a place where newcomers and long-term residents can interact, learn from each other, and feel less like strangers. All gardeners share a raised bed (each family plot is approx. 4’x 8′).
As a gardener you will:
- Share a garden bed at one of the gardens – the plot fee is $2.00
- Grow your own vegetables, herbs, flowers
- Learn more about gardening and food preservation
- Commit to plant within 2 weeks of being assigned your plot, and take care of it throughout the growing season
- Be invited to workshops, fun events, and will have a chance to get to know other gardeners and learn from each other
- Express your creativity and have fun!
Heather Asbil | Coordinator, Growing Strong Neighbourhoods Project | 902.406.8657
With Special Thanks to Funders, Partners and Supporters
- Home Harvest Kitchen Gardens
- United Way
- Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
- TD Bank
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Ecology Action Centre – Our Food Project
- Chebucto Health Board
- Atlantic Superstore
- Killam Properties
- Art bikers
- Knock Resources
- Calvin Presbyterian Church
- Mosaic Ministries
- Russell Walker