Community garden seeking community support

Kalamalka Gardens and Patchwork Farms established at Okanagan College's Vernon campus

Community support is required if a new garden initiative is to flourish.

Kalamalka Gardens and Patchwork Farms has been established at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, but progress has stalled because of a lack of cash.

“We can only go so far as the funds will take us this year and there are still some key infrastructure and supplies needed,” said Wendy Aasen, co-ordinator.

A drop-in session for residents and potential donors will be held March 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A tour will be conducted at the start and a short presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted and tax receipts will be provided. Contributors are acknowledged with signage at the farm.

The goal of the garden project is to facilitate numerous social, educational, economic, and environmental opportunities for students, residents and organizations.

“There are lots of ways the community can support our project,” said Jane Lister, Okanagan College regional dean.

“Currently our focus is on getting the infrastructures in place so that we can start to develop the programming.”

Patchwork Farms will share the space and grow food crops on half-an-acre of the two-acre site, while providing education and recreation for people of all ages and abilities.

The Kindale Developmental Association is the lead organization in a partnership that includes the B.C. Schizophrenia Society, the Mental Illness Family Support Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Social Planning Council.

“We’re really excited to move from the planning stage to having the whole community join us in bringing the first phase of the farm to life this spring,” said Dianne Hustler, with BCSS.

Anyone wanting to donate, can go to www.patchworkfarms.ca.

Volunteers are also needed, For more information, e-mail patchworkfarms@shaw.ca or call Wendy at 250-542-6920.