Have you ever wondered how the Community Garden came to be?
On November 5th, 2013, members of the community met with Ron Berezan, a landscape architect focused on edible landscaping. After this, the Edson and District Recycling Society (EDRS) partnered with the Town of Edson and the greater community, to spearhead the effort to create a Community Garden in Edson.
The goals of this project were as follows:
- To create a place to grow and connect with each other and the earth that would provide residents with access to grow their own food.
- To encourage community building and interaction between residents.
- To increase awareness of local food production including education for youth through school programming.
- To serve as a gathering for workshops on composting, permaculture, gardening and canning.
- To provide an opportunity to grow food for local food bank organizations.
- Above all, to create a beautiful space where residents can go to enjoy our living earth.
Many community members and organizations volunteered time and funds to help create this beautiful space. This included determining a location, designing and constructing the garden space, planting trees, shrubs and plants, and much more.
Since the Community Garden was developed, it has also been a site for the EDRS environmental programming initiatives. Schools from all around the community have taken field trips to the garden, where they learned about composting, gardening, native plants and species, and had the opportunity to create birdhouses and various crafts made of recycled materials. Overall, the garden play an integral role in providing students, and the general public, with opportunities to learn about gardening, our local ecosystems, and the importance of sustainable actions.
The Community Garden is always looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep of the garden. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.