Community Garden Update

Parkdale Community Garden and Gathering Space

The time has come for Parkdale to have a significant communal garden and gathering space, where our residents and members of the PCA can enjoy enhanced opportunities to share, learn and play together. Our aim is to add to the cultural experience and vibrant energy of our community by offering a venue for many kinds of wonderful activities, along with pure gardening.

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An initial design has been generated for this space which has many elements, including a large circle of raised garden beds, an herb garden, pavilion, a food forest and sculpture garden, open leisure spaces, a greenhouse and utility area.

This preliminary design is being discussed and shaped by a group of committee members who are preparing to make application to the PCA Board for formal approval to move forward with this multi-phased project.

The project plan

A large poster of the proposed design for the garden/gathering space is available for viewing at the Parkdale Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, along with some concept boards to help articulate the individual elements of the design. Comments, ideas and design thinking are welcome. You can express yourself directly to the committee by contacting Audrey Smith – Garden Chair.

If you aren’t able to attend the market you can also see a design by stopping in to Executive Director Bill Biccum’s office at the Community Centre.

Take the survey

Part of the requirements for Board approval will be a feasibility study which gives evidence of community support and the need for this project.  You can help generate this by filling out a survey available online.

The survey asks for your feedback including ways you see this benefiting our community, concerns you might have and suggestions for responding to those concerns.

If you would like to join the effort to get a garden/gathering space built in our community, please contact Audrey Smith. We welcome support, sponsorships or suggestions of any kind.

Fundraisers

The garden team will be hosting fundraisers of many kinds in the coming months.  Please watch for these in the newsletter, on the website and at the market.

Bison Barbecue Fundraiser

Our first fundraiser is a BBQ package from Roaming Alberta Meats – one of our quality vendors at the Farmer’s Market.  They are offering packages of bison which you can be proud to serve your family and friends because of the health benefits and flavor.

Roaming Alberta Meats bison are raised locally in Trochu, AB by farmers Brian & Amanda Newton, who believe in the ethical treatment of the bison they raise.  With ½ less fat than beef and a sweet and rich flavor, bison is a delicious and nutritious red meat alternative, grass fed with no drugs or hormones. Please use the order form  below to help the Garden while having some great meals.

Order Forms for Garden Bison Fundraiser

Ceramic Mural Fundraiser

Our second fundraiser is a ceramic mural that community members will create with the support of a local ceramic artist and the Chair of the Garden Committee, Audrey Smith. You can sign up for a tile experience – sculpt a relief tile which you will glaze and after firing will be assembled as a mural and installed onsite. Sign up at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays or by contacting Audrey directly.

Along with fundraisers we will be depending on donations of many kinds from our community. We have already received some generous investment in the garden from some of our Parkdale families.  If you would consider adding to the financial security of this project in that way please speak with Bill Biccum.

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