Community Gardens

Community gardens are sprouting up all over.  If you’re interested in growing some vegetables but don’t have much room in your yard a community garden may be the answer.  Even though this year’s season is long-started, now is a good time to enquire because many gardens have waiting lists for plots.  Most charge a fee (around $40-$50) for the use of a plot (10 x 10 feet is typical) and access to water.  Most have rules about not using chemical herbicides or insecticides.  The great thing is the community atmosphere and, if you’re just learning, access to years of your neighbours’ gardening experience.  Some jurisdictions have other options like co-op gardens, where all the members pitch in to grow the whole plot and can reap from all that is sown, providing greater variety than possible in a small plot.  Also, if you go away for 2 weeks in the summer you don’t have to worry about who is going to do the watering and weeding.  On the other hand, if you’re not interested in actually doing the work but still interested in garden-fresh produce, the Green and Gold Community Garden is for you.  Volunteers grow the vegetables, herbs and even some flowers.  Visitors to the garden located on the University of Alberta south campus make a donation for their purchases.  An amount similar to what would be paid at a local farmers market is suggested.  All proceeds from the garden go to Tubahumurize Association, in Rwanda. As explained on the garden’s website (www.greengoldgarden.com), Tubahumurize is a not-for-profit organization supporting socially and economically marginalized women in a number of ways.  Drop by on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings and see what’s growing in the garden this week.