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Community Garden at Affordable Storage

The community garden at Affordable Storage. Paula E. Kirman

The community garden in front of Affordable Storage, 8618 – 106A Avenue, came about in a somewhat different way. It is situated on private property, whereas typically these gardens are on municipal land and established (and possibly funded) in consultation with city staff.

Last summer (2017) the company’s head office in Penticton, BC asked the Stadium site to try out a pilot project, says site manager Fab Colli. “It got started a little too late last year,” he says, “but it really got going this year. We delivered flyers in the area and got a good response. People are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, pretty well everything.”

The site consists of 11 plots, mostly 4’ X 4’, cultivated by about a dozen people. A volunteer team leader coordinates the project.

From the City of Edmonton Website:

A Community Garden is a group of people coming together to nurture, develop, and sustain a growing space in their community. There are over 80 community garden sites now operating in Edmonton promoting local, organically grown food; healthy and active lifestyles; and safer, more vibrant and connected communities.

Community gardens provide many benefits to Edmontonians including:

  • Recreation for all ages
  • Beautification of neighbourhoods
  • Healthy food production
  • Community building
  • Places to share gardening knowledge and experience

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