Peace Garden Park will be growing many delicious, organic vegetables again this year. It is one of many programs of the Oliver Community League. Located on the corner of 120 Street and 103 Avenue, Peace Garden Park is a unique project which combines public park space for the neighbourhood with a community garden for residents who rent a plot. The garden plots are assigned each year on a first come, first served basis to Oliver Community League members (another benefit of OCL membership!)
Are you interested in renting a plot in our community garden? Sign up on our waiting list today.
Wouldn’t it be great to grow more organic food in Oliver? Urban gardening and urban farming both consider how to use our green space wisely to regain a closer connection with our food and our neighbours. Why not approach your property manager or condo board with a project proposal to start a food growing plot on your front or side yard? Team up with a few other people and start with something easy to manage— perhaps a row of tomatoes or peas— and expand or diversity as you are able (and with the approval of the property manager). Get all the organic seeds, supplies, and help you’ll need to start off your project by attending Edmonton Seedy Sunday on March 17!
Not a green thumb? Find a farmer who shares his or her harvest directly through a Community Supported Agriculture program. You pay for your share of the harvest at the beginning of the season then each week you receive a basket of what is ready to eat! There is often an on-farm work requirement to help city share holders connect to the farm. Find all the Edmonton and area CSA farms at CSAalberta.com.
Not interested in the farm work? Walk down to the 104 Street City Market (open year round on Saturdays, in City Hall throughout the winter and outdoors on 104 St beginning May 18) or the 124 Street Grand Farmers Market (open every Thursday from 4-8pm beginning May 23). Alternatively, order your local food and get it dropped off right to your door with The Organic Box.
Happy growing, greening, and healthy eating in 2013, Oliver!
-Anna, on behalf of the Peace Garden Park committee