Land needed for community gardens

The Fort St. John Community Enrichment Centre Foundation is looking for a piece of land to operate a community garden.

The gardeners require a fenced, half acre to accommodate 35 plots, about 16′ by 16′. A water supply and suitable topsoil are also needed to grow the gardens.

The garden has been located at the Northern Lights College. However, the college has been redeveloping its site and as of the 2009 season, there will no longer be space for gardeners available.

In a report submitted to Council, members of city staff say they have been researching existing city lands, as well as looking at partnering with one of three brown-field owners to secure a site for the gardens, but were unable to find a suitable location.

Councilor Dan Davies says a donor doesn’t need to permanently give up a chunk of land, because there are other options to consider.

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Councilor Lori Ackerman agrees, and says she thinks it’s important for the community to have a community garden. 

In a letter forwarded to Council last year, Instructor and Coordinator for the foundation, Janis Fehr, says a community garden encourages active living that offers an opportunity for lifelong participation.

If you have a piece of land, please contact Janice Fehr at 250-785-7597.

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