Deb Butler

Deb Butler

Oyama harvests garden

Central Okanagan Community Gardens and the Oyama Community Club have signed an agreement to work together

Plans for a community garden are taking root in Oyama.

Central Okanagan Community Gardens and the Oyama Community Club have signed an agreement to work together to bring a community garden to Oyama.

“We have land we are not using and the garden fits perfectly with our agricultural heritage,” said Deb Butler, OCC president.

“The garden will not only provide families the opportunity to grow healthy food, but will also help build community.  We look forward to seeing more activity on our grounds.”

The garden will consist of about 21 eight-by-16 plots.

“The main build will occur in April so gardeners will get their plots by May 1, early enough to have a wonderful growing season,” said Sandy James, COCG project manager.

“Gardeners wanting plots are encouraged to come to the build. Those that participate in the build are guaranteed a plot and choose before those that did not participate in the build.  Gardeners who are unable to participate physically are encouraged to drop off their friends/family or food/beverages instead.”

The cost to rent a plot is $20 a year, with an initial deposit of $5 for a shed key.

Marj Dickie, garden co-ordinator, admits there was some skepticism when the idea was first brought forward.

“Many people think that because Oyama is a community of single family dwellings, that everyone would have space in their yard,” she said.

“However, when you consider the number of secondary suites, yards that are heavily shaded and properties that are too steep to use, we are confident the garden plots will be well utilized.”

The project has received donations from the Lake Country Garden Club, Oyama Forest Products, Lake Country Builders Mart and Okanagan Timber Frame.

“If anyone has garden tools or a wheelbarrow in good condition that they would like to donate, we would certainly appreciate it,” said Dickie.

If you interested in renting a plot, need more information or want to help with the garden, contact  Dickie at 250-548-3837 or oyamacommunitygarden@gmail.com.