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Community Gardens Update

Community gardens provide fresh food for neighbourhoods

Peterborough GreenUP engages local neighbourhoods in the challenge of sustainability

Since early 2018, St Luke's has been exploring partnership opportunities with Jenn McCallum, a Coordinator in the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) section of Peterborough GreenUP. SUN has been piloting several initiatives that include community gardens in Peterborough and specifically in the Curtis Creek area. St Luke's is a central location in that neighbourhood in East City.

The goals of the garden projects focus on availability of fresh food, climate change practices, food literacy, and engagement with people in local neighbourhoods.

St Luke's is now in the process of moving forward in establishing community gardens on its property for neighbours who have made commitments through the local programmes.

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The SUN programme has been instrumental in making connections within local neighbourhoods. They are now working in cooperation with The Nourish Project to assist local groups in creating community garden projects.

"The Nourish Project uses a collaborative approach to grow access to healthy, locally-produced food, food literacy, and food advocacy. Through innovative programs and strong partnerships, we create spaces where people feel that they belong."

 

On 7 February about 20 neighbours and GreenUP and Nourish Project staff gathered for a preliminary meeting at St Luke's. Jenn McCallum and Hayley Goodchild provided background information about SUN. They then turned the meeting over to Jill Bishop who is the lead person for gardens in the Nourish Project. Jill shared information about community gardens and then invited the group to break into smaller groups to discuss types of gardens, design ideas plus hopes and aspirations for a community garden. The group also conducted 'asset mapping' to discover the particular interests and skills of the budding 🙂 gardeners.

Useful additional information:

To connect and find out more, contact:

Jenn McCallum

705-745-3238 Ext. 208 | jenn.mccallum@greenup.on.ca

Hayley Goodchild

705-745-3238 Ext. 213 | hayley.goodchild@greenup.on.ca

Jill Bishop

705-743-3526 Ext. 115 | growing@nourishproject.ca

Next meeting for neighbourhood gardeners: 

St Luke's - view of south side front lawn

click photo to enlarge and get an idea of  area for gardens

Sounds good - tastes better

2 Comments

  1. Ian and Beverley Ralston on 6 February 2019 at 2:05 PM

    We think this is a wonderful project, and eager to learn more about the plans.

    • Father Glenn on 6 February 2019 at 3:01 PM

      Hi Beverley,

      This is great to hear! I’ve been hearing very positive comments. This is a project for our neighbours. Our part is basically making space available. We will not have any labour-load in the preparations or tending to the gardens. All the prep work will be done through the supporting agencies and the gardeners. I see it as a win-win in our connecting with the community. Of course if any parishioner wishes to have a garden plot, they can get involved. I will keep people posted thought the website p,us I’m going to mention this on Sunday.

      Blessings to you and Ian,

      Glenn

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