Vegetables & Friendships: The Benefits of Community Gardens
- Friday, March 22, 2019
Spring has officially arrived in Calgary! With more opportunities to engage in outdoor activities, it also marks the beginning of gardening season. Gardens can produce a wealth of treasures, from sweet-smelling flowers to mouth-watering vegetables, but also requires outdoor space with good growing conditions to get started – something that can be difficult to find in urban areas or if you live in a condominium.
That’s where community gardens come in – a dedicated space within the community with individual or collective gardening plots, where all residents have the opportunity to participate. Want to start Kondo-ing your home? Below are a few of our favourite KonMari decluttering tips.
There are many other benefits that these gardens offer, including:
- A chance to meet new neighbours and fellow gardeners.
- A unique place for community residents to gather, whether it’s for informal meetups or larger events.
- The land is prepared in advance for gardening beds/plots, providing an ideal growing environment.
- Cost savings through the sharing of tools & water utilities (depending on the garden). The City of Calgary also offers grants to new gardens.
- If you’re away on vacation, it’s easier to find someone to care for your plot in your absence.
- An enjoyable harvest time; learning about everyone’s gardening experience and what they’ve grown.
Interested in discovering your green thumb, or getting back in the garden again if you’re a seasoned pro? Below are more information to a few community gardens in/near some of the communities that Trico builds in:
- Legacy: https://legacyresidents.ca/garden/#
- Wentworth Pointe & Coach Ridge: http://wscr.ca/wscr-community-hub-garden/
- Midtown, Airdrie: https://sites.google.com/view/airdrie-horticulture/home?authuser=0
- D’ARCY & Wedderburn, Okotoks: http://www.okotoksfarmersmarket.com/community-garden.html
Alternatively, if you’re interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood, the City of Calgary provides information here to help with the process.