Two new pathways are designed to assist with water conservation at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

Two new pathways are designed to assist with water conservation at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus.

OC garden tracks conservation

New pathway unveiled by Vernon campus as a way of being sustainable

Two new pathways have become the first completed projects at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka demonstration garden at the Vernon campus.

The two vegetated pathways are one of several water conservation features that will be demonstrated in this new garden.

“The aim of this garden is to create an educational space that promotes sustainable practices and ecological ventures in the Okanagan Valley,” said Jane Lister, regional dean.

The professionally designed and built paths will filter water runoff, slow and spread the runoff for better absorption, and decrease erosion of the garden slope.

The project was supported by a grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

“As the population of this valley continues to grow, it’s going to be more important for all of us to adopt WaterWise principles,” said Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB executive director.

“The garden will be a beautiful place for people throughout the Okanagan to come and visit, but just as importantly, it will offer visitors an opportunity to see water conservation and protection in action, demonstrating projects that anyone can do in their own yard.”

Programs at the garden will center on education and skill-building through practical application as well as provide inclusive vocational and social opportunities for people living with physical, developmental and mental health conditions.

Working closely with Kindale Developmental Association and a number of community and municipal partners, work is now focused on building the initial infrastructure required including irrigation systems, fencing, out-buildings and soil remediation.

“With a solid site plan designed and the initial project completed, the next phase of the project is a demonstration food forest that will be planted in September,” said Lister.