Community Gardens and Lend Tenure: Promoting Awareness and Researching Models for Sustainability

Our project has three main components:

Land Trust Research:

  • One of the most promising options for securing the long term viability of community gardens and greenspaces in our neighbourhoods in the creation of a non-profit land trust.
  • The law firm MacAndless and Tramley has agreed to provide advice to our group pro-bono and to guide the work of the student researcher
  • Research components include:
  • Compiling examples of land trust for green space preservation in the Canadian context
  • Researching the legal feasibility of incorporating a land trust
  • Exploring the possibilities for charitable status, tax abatements and other financial tools that might be available to a land trust

Public Awareness and Education Workshops:

  • This includes a series of workshops that educate the public on the benefits of community gardens to their neighbourhoods, how these gardens are governed and lastly how the gardens need the support of community members to stay functioning.
  • The creation of promotional materials to help educate gardeners and the public in our neighbourhoods

Training Workshops & Inner-City Garden Tour:

  • Last year with funding from Heifer International and Food Matters MB, the Urban Greenspaces Coalition successfully planned and held a workshop series that was very well received
  • We would like to continue with this success this year by holding a similar set of workshops f
  • Proposed Workshops Include:

o   Gardening for Beginners

o   Introduction to Canning

o   Gardening with Indigenous Plants

o   Raised Bed Gardening

o   Pest Management

  • For the last five years members of the UGSC have been organizing and hosting the very popular Inner-City Community Garden Tour.  Last year we had over 50 participants and visited over 10 gardens.

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