It’s been a fantastic journey, consulting with the community, getting permission from the City and applying for grants and fundraising for the community garden build! Now that everything in place, we’ll be organizing volunteer builders and constructing the garden in May, in adherence with COVID restrictions.
Community support for the project has been overwhelming. In the fall of 2019, 279 residents, from across the neighborhood, responded to our door-to-door and in-person questionnaire as well as our online survey. The vast majority of respondents, a total of 267 households, supported the idea of a community garden on the old bowling green in Vimy Ridge Park. Only 12 opposed the idea, primarily due to concerns about possible vandalism, and sustainability. We’ve taken those concerns seriously and addressed them in our site plan, future signage, and by designing what we hope will be a beautiful, welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.
The indication of broad community support, a strong community vision and site plan were the main reasons that Parks and Open Spaces agreed to provide an agreement in principle for the building of a community garden.
The garden will be located in the northern portion of the old bowling green, and features twenty, 4 foot by 8 foot allotment beds, and two 4 foot by 16 foot communal beds. There will also be a native plant pollinator garden that will feature perennial flowers and fruit-bearing shrubs. The community beds will apply the “grow a row” principle, with half the produce going to food banks or those in need.
The allotment gardens will be assigned via a lottery so please get your applications in by March 15th. At this point we’ve reserved five beds for people in living multi-unit dwellings, two for our funding partner, Klinic, and the remaining beds will go to interested residents. We encourage anyone interested in gardening to apply! We will announce the results of the lottery on March 30th. (link to application form here)
For more information, please copy the Zoom link below and come to The WRA Community Garden/Tree Townhall on Feb. 8th If you can’t make it to the meeting, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom Link: Topic: WRA Town Hall meeting
Date: Feb 8 2021 7pm
Time: Feb 8, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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So let’s get growing Wolseley! And huge thanks to everyone who has helped to make Wolseley’s community garden possible including:
Genny Funk-Unrau, Nicole Chammartin and Holly Banner at Klinic, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant; Cindy Gilroy, City Councilor; The Land Dedication Reserve Fund; Parks and Open Spaces; City of Winnipeg Allotments; Yoko Chapman and The Anthologie Project and the Wolseley volunteers and supporters!