The College Park Community Accessible Garden is located behind the Sherbrooke Community Centre in Gerhard Herzberg Park.
The community garden has 51 ground level garden plots and 7 raised garden boxes, all in full production. The raised boxes provide gardening access for those individuals who have mobility challenges and are living both in the community and at Sherbrooke. There are also two school garden plots that are planted by a class from Cardinal Leger School and a class from Greystone Heights School.
The garden allows children to learn about growing vegetables, healthy eating and in the fall about harvesting and cooking meals from produce that they have grown themselves. Two “help yourself” garden plots have also been established for the general public to access, with carrots, tomatoes, squash, swiss chard, and beans. These are just a few of the many vegetables available for everyone’s enjoyment. There is also a “help yourself” orchard located across the alley from the garden adjacent to the cafeteria windows at Sherbrooke. Check out the cherry and apple trees as they begin to produce fruit that can be picked and used for baking or preserves. A compost work group made up of gardeners is organizing and operating the composting of our weeds and garden waste. Composting helps reduce and recycle the waste in the garden and turns it back into rich compost that enhances the growing soil. The garden is an enjoyable place to walk and to observe the changing landscape, the birds and activity. The garden is also becoming a wonderful place to meet and talk with people from the neighbourhood. Bring your coffee or supper and enjoy sitting on a bench in the shade while you watch gardeners work. A waiting list has been developed for future interested gardeners. You can contact the garden committee at email@example.com for further information or if interested in being on the waiting list. Happy Gardening!
College Park Accessible Community Garden Report 2014
We had our fourth successful gardening season this year with 74 different garden plots including 11 raised garden boxes. Our gardeners consist of individuals, couples, families and one school classroom from Greystone Heights School. Combined we had over 120 people gardening who enjoyed fresh vegetables that they grew from seed or plants. This year we were part of the City of Saskatoon’s Compost Green Bin program and found that the garden refuse was huge and that in 2015 we will be requesting a second bin and continue to compost through this program. Sherbrooke Community Centre had a group of grade 6 students (iGen) who are on-site at their facility and these students volunteered tomulch our pathways of our garden in September. They did a wonderful job and we will be looking forward to the iGen classroom gardening with us in the Spring. At this time we have a waiting list of 7 people for garden plots for next year. If you live in the College Park, East College Park or Greystone Heights area you qualify to apply for a garden plot for 2015 and can be added to our waiting list. Email your interest and where you reside to firstname.lastname@example.org