Red Deer County News

Posted on: July 25, 2017

Springbrook Community Garden Update

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It’s been a busy couple years for the Springbrook Community Garden. Last year the group was approved for a grant through Tree Canada to plant a “Food Forest” with over 135 fruit bearing trees and bushes. This year it has 32 raised garden beds. With the support of a grant through Communities Choosewell, a partnership between Alberta Health and Alberta Parks and Recreation Association, and a lot of fundraising from the gardeners, the aim is to reduce the barriers for people with mobility issues that want to garden.

The goal behind the raised beds is to have high enough garden beds that those with mobility issues and those who can’t bend down and work in-ground garden can now garden while standing or sitting. At 24 inches high, 32 inches wide, 10 feet long and with soil over 12 inches deep, the beds can facilitate nearly any type of garden the users would like to plant, yet still be narrow enough to reach across the entire bed. While a few will be dedicated to our community garden efforts there should be plenty of space for those looking for a less painful way to garden.

Donations of time and labour from the gardeners at the community garden helped get things going. The Red Deer Regional Airport also donated a whole pile of dirt to the cause as well as the manpower and equipment to move it all. Cloverdale Paint donated the bright colours that have become common place at the Springbrook Community Garden.

While the raised beds and food forest are both new and exciting, the garden continues to boast up to 96 rental plots as well as a youth garden program, some fun garden activities and a community garden plot that grows produce to give back to the community. Last year alone the community plot gave over 4800 pounds of food back to those in need, both locally and to helping agencies in Red Deer with the bulk going to the Red Deer and District Food Bank. They are hoping with the right growing conditions, some volunteer help, and donations of seed and time they can improve on that number for 2017.

With all this change it will be exciting to see how the garden “grows” next!

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