We’re just a group of people who want to grow some food

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A bit of history as to how this team came together.

In April, a few people in our community, were looking for ways they could give back, help others, and engender a more philanthropic spirit here in Langdon. We came up with the idea of growing fresh foods for our local and surrounding food banks. We called SE Rockyview Food Bank, Chestermere Food Bank as well as the Strathmore Food Bank, and they all identified a lack of available fresh foods for the people they serve. Our community, our neighbors and for some, our family and friends.

So, we approached the LCA (Langdon Community Association), to see if there might be an area in the park, that we could use to build food bank plots. The LCA was supportive of the idea and we began our search for the best spot. In the meantime, Rockyview County, suggested that one of their green spaces might be an ideal spot for a project of this nature. Given the area they were suggesting nicely buffered by two rows of residences, the team thought, “wouldn’t it be great to make this a beautiful space, with perennial gardens, trees, a children’s plot, pathways, and rows of fruit trees?  Lets have garden plots available for lease, making it a sustainable space, and one the community and neighborhood could be proud of!”.

We then did our research. We visited three other community gardens and spoke to their organizers. We followed the Calgary Horticultural societies guidelines for best practices in developing community gardens, we attended conferences, we applied for non-profit status, made a website, posted our intentions through facebook, and put brochures and flyers around town.  We patiently waited for the formal process of the County to lease the plot to the LCA, who then, agreed to sub lease it to the community garden team. . We were so fortunate to have a very skilled landscape designer draw out a beautiful design for us to post on our website, at the Town Hall meeting and Langdon days. We  contacted persons with training in CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) principals and we are now looking to engender sponsorship from local and surrounding businesses to help fund the project. Once we knew we had the space (phewf), it was time to get the word out to those living adjacent to the plot. We imagined that with all this planning and preparation, (including a 6 page document on how we plan on implementing the project) people would be as thrilled and excited as we are, eager to be involved, wanting to learn more on how they can have a positive impact on their community. Well, not entirely what we expected. Ouch!

What we want you to take from this is, we’re just a group of people, who want to grown some food for our impoverished neighbors, and in the meantime, make it easier, for our communities citizens, to grow their own fresh foods, make healthy choices, and live better lives.

Please, take the time to review the content on our website. The research we’ve done, all the factors we’ve considered.

Read the attached research paper on how community gardens improve property values.

Take a breath, and take some time to consider not only how this project could have a lasting positive impact for you, your family and your community, but how you, might in turn have a positive impact on this project.

Langdon garden plan

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brochure

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Growing Gardeners

A place for people of all ages, stages and abilities. Let's grow gardeners

A place for people of all ages, stages and abilities.

There are so many things, that our garden team is excited about pertaining to this project, but one of the most exciting parts, is the idea of involving children in the project.

GROWING GARDENERS!

Isn’t that what it’s all about? “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day, teach a man to fish…” you get the idea right?

Schools, clubs, dayhomes, teens, toddlers, all kids, all shapes, sizes and abilities.

When kids grow fresh, healthy foods, kids will eat fresh healthy foods.
Watch them pull a carrot out of the ground, wipe the dirt off on their pants, and munch away. Raspberry stained hands, pea shells all over the ground. It doesn’t get much better people.

Oh,the thought of it gives me goose bumps.

Making it happen

Seeds for change

Planting seeds for change

Is this great or what? We had an idea, we presented the idea to the right people, and POOF, we’re creating a community garden! Thank you first to the LCA, for embracing this idea and being facilitators for the space. Thank you to Rockyview County, for your valuable resources, experience and expertice, we are so thrilled to partner with you! A big THANK YOU to Communities ChooseWell through Alberta Parks and Recreation. Without this grant to get us on our feet, we don’t know how we would get up and running.

So, enought of that! What YOU want to know is, “where are you in this process?”

We have a group of approximately 10 dedicated volunteers, ready to start working their magic, engendering support and sponsorship for this project in our community. We’re getting the word out, talking to the community, attending town hall meetings, handing out brochures (check it out under publications), talking to businesses and making a site plan so that anyone and everyone knows how they can be involved, what the community garden would mean for its citizens and the people it will serve.

We’re pricing out the project, cost of plots, children’s area and garden, teen gardens, mulch, soil, water, power, parking….the whole enchillada.

So when you see our pretty pamphlets, grab one, read up on the project, and come and join the team!!