Community Gardens Feed People and Biodiversity in Oakville

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In case you hadn’t noticed, SPRING 2015 has been all about helping bees and butterflies! We were happy to partner with many schools, community groups and faith communities to plant pollinator gardens across town. Many more Oakville residents purchased native plants from us and added host plants and nectar sources for our native bees, honey bees and butterflies to their gardens. Also as of July 1st, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.

At the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville, planting a patch of habitat for pollinators went hand-in-hand with planting a new community food garden. In partnership with the Greening Sacred Spaces program, Oakvillegreen was happy to share pollinator and native plant knowledge with the community at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation and help them install a pollinator garden.

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OCA Tree & Education Program Coordinator, Beatriz, talking about pollinators.

Nadine Asmis, the community garden coordinator shared this post with us about their experiences:

Growing Food, Together. Starting a Cooperative Community Garden

“I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that, then I realized I am somebody” – Lily Tomlin.

There seems to be this growing disconnect between people and the food they consume. How and when popular foods grow, such as asparagus or peanuts, is not common knowledge. I thought to myself: “We should know this. Food is a necessity of life”. So how do we learn about food? Community gardens are an excellent way of learning all about gardening and food production from others. If you live in the city and don’t have a lot of space, you can purchase a plot at your local community garden and grow your own produce. But what about those of us who don’t have the resources to access a garden?

The community garden started at the Anglican Church of the Incarnation aims to resolve this problem. Our new cooperative garden is open to everyone at no cost. Our goal is to grow food while restoring our connection with nature and each other. The harvest will be divided amongst our volunteers and with the local food bank. Already we are growing tomato, kale, bean, pepper plants and much more! We would love to expand the number of raised beds in the future as well as start a youth garden completely run by children. Our goals may be modest, but it is small steps such as these that teach us to live healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped turn our dream into a reality. And thanks to Oakvillegreen for providing us with a beautiful pollinator garden!

If you have any questions regarding our gardens or community gardens in general, please feel free to contact us at incacommunitygarden@gmail.com.  

Nadine Asmis

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Raised Beds @ Church of the Incarnation
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Pollinator Garden @ Church of the Incarnation