Community Gardens P1 - Conference 2009 (F2)

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Session F2 - ARPA 2009 Conference

Session F2 - ARPA 2009 Conference

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  • 1. City of Red Deer Community Gardening
  • 2. …2008 • Solitary 9 acre garden plot location • 189 garden plots • Area zoned as future development • Current residential development forced relocation of gardens
  • 3. Relocation Challenges: 1) Site Selection • Site life span and size must balance cost/benefits of developing and maintaining sites • Site constraints: funding, appropriate soils, access to water, sunlight, vehicle access and site serenity. • Land use and current use conflicts (i.e. zoning, additional traffic in areas, loss of green space, agricultural land practices prior to gardens).
  • 4. 2)Site Preparation – soil sterilization & amendments 3) Public Expectation • New opportunity for community food provisions? • Adding a garden to every community? • Moving soil (plot by plot) to a new location so no soil re-conditioning required?
  • 5. Opportunities: • Community development • Organic produce, healthy & sustainable lifestyle • Easy access/sustainable transportation • Full & half size plots cater to wider range of people • Low probability for future development in new sites making them more permanent
  • 6. Site Criteria – Even dispersal across city – Convenience for gardening – Room for expansion – Topography – Soil structure – Sunlight quality – Obstructions – Site safety and security – Vehicle access – Serenity – Alternative land uses – Adjacent land uses
  • 7. 2009… • Garden locations – Red Deer College – Cruikshank Farmstead – Parkside Gardens – Barrett Park Total – 175 plots
  • 8. Plots • Large – 12m x 10m / Medium – 12m x 5m • Advertising • Registration agreement • Participant expectations • Maintenance
  • 9. • You are responsible for maintaining your garden plot and any access or walkway to the south or east of your garden plot. This includes weed and litter removal; • Individual garden plots boundaries will be staked and marked - Boundary markers should not be removed; • Composting is permitted within your plot boundaries; • The City of Red Deer does not provide a watering source at any of the garden plots. We instead encourage the use of rain barrels or community led watering initiatives; • Pets are not permitted in the garden area; • We recommend that gardens be treated as organic and discourage the use of herbicides and pesticides; • Be considerate of your neighbours. Do not plant sprawling crops or tall ones that might interfere with the garden next to yours; • Please do not water, weed or prune someone else's garden unless requested to, by that gardener; • Do not enter any private lands adjacent to the garden plots; • If vandalism or theft occurs, notify the Parks garden representative immediately. • If you are not able to tend you plot, notify the Parks garden representative. Neglected plots will be either reassigned or tilled; • If you will be away during the growing season, ensure that someone will tend your plot. • At the end of the gardening season, all dead plants and weeds should be removed. • Plots are assigned according to the waiting list maintained by the Parks garden representative. • Existing gardeners have priority for plot assignments or trades. • Failure to comply with the above rules may result in the loss of gardening privileges
  • 10. Parkside Gardens • Underused turf area • Opportunity to grow north and west • 2009 - 22 large / 15 medium • Expandable to 44 large / 30 medium
  • 11. Piper Creek Gardens • 2009 – 28 large / 8 medium plots • Full expansion – 38 large / 17 medium
  • 12. Barrett Park • Former home site • 2009 – 6 large / 6 medium • Full expansion – 14 large / 14 medium
  • 13. Red Deer College • Partnership with college (Green Campus) • 2009 - 84 large / 28 medium (full expansion)
  • 14. Unity Baptist Church • Raised beds • City provides materials • Church manages/supervises – open to public
  • 15. Moving Forward • Plot expansion • Community involvement – Work with community groups • neighbourhood fenced facilities complete with raised garden beds, composting facilities, shared tools, water service, food bank group growing, green houses and programming opportunities. • Ecologically sustainable practices