The Armstrong Food Initiative Society has been given an opportunity to start a new community garden.
“We have been invited to have the use of an empty lot on Patterson Avenue,” said Jill de la Salle, with the society. “We are open to all sorts of suggestions as to how we might best configure this proposed community garden — individual plots, group plots, or group plots with individual beds are all up for consideration.”
Any individual or group of people interested in participating are encouraged to attend a discussion Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m., on-site at 2345 Patterson Ave. before moving to the Anglican Church Hall to draft an initial plan. Coffee and tea will be served.
“We are also looking for an individual or a group who would be interested in becoming the coordinator of the new garden,” said de la Salle.
The coordinator will be responsible for: sourcing building materials as needed; sourcing soil and soil amendments; gathering tools needed to work the site; registering potential gardeners; holding informational sessions about pests, plants to use or avoid and other topics, as needed; keeping gardeners informed about meetings and/or work parties; encouraging the “need to weed” aimed at gardeners who are not keeping their sites free of noxious weeds that can spread to other garden plots; doing manual labour and clean-up as time and need necessitates; helping new gardeners who have questions regarding seeds for the North Okanagan climate, transplanting techniques and other topics.
If you have any questions or would like to be involved but cannot attend, please call de la Salle at 250-546-8335.