University of Manitoba Community Garden Revitalization and Sustainability Project
The University of Manitoba Community Garden is an ongoing project that aims to provide land, tools and direction to people interested in growing local food. Currently we collectively garden a large area (100’ x 300’), directly next to this garden is a section of community plots that are organized through the Knox United Church, and starting this season we will be offering plots to students, faculty, staff and the community. We facilitate workshops throughout the year on topics such as, composting, canning, food preserving, and gardening techniques. As well we have organized field trips to local farms, including u-pick farms where community gardeners were able to leave the city and pick their own produce and store for future consumption.
Unfortunately, in early 2010, our tool shed burnt down containing all of our tools. We continued that year to have a very successful gardening season, but have been unable to rebuild our tool shed and replace the tools that were lost. We aim to continue offering land, access to tools, workshops, and farm field trips to the community. Without a new shed and tools the garden will face difficulty in sustaining itself and expanding capacity.
Our project goals for 2011 include:
- Building a new shed (to be assembled by volunteer labor during a community work party)
- Replacing lost tools (digging forks, rakes, hoes, wheel barrels etc…)
- Installing a well on site (solar powered, to by installed by Solar solutions and will include a related workshop)
- Expanding the garden to include fruit trees (to be planted and maintained during workshops regarding fruit growing in Manitoba)
- Expand market garden
- Continuing workshops (see calendar for more details)
- Field trips to local u-pick farms
- Expand garden to include individual plots for students, faculty, staff and the community
- Publish a Manitoba garden calendar
- Produce a short video regarding community garden experiences