Valley Growers community initiative spruces up Bankview area.
Community members have banded together to become valley growers and support the lo- Bankview area. who take part with education and encouragement as top priorities.
With the support of the Canada 150 Community Fund designated for Drumheller, the Town of Drumheller and the Drumheller Valley FCSS has planned to conquer phase one of the project. Phase one includes five new raised garden beds, two of which are wheelchair accessible. Phase two will implement picnic tables and a compost bin.
“These beds will be planted and tended by local community groups for the summer of 2017 with the harvest ben- efitting the local food bank,” explained April Harrison, a member of the group.
The Valley Learning Garden will be a space that seeks to go beyond a traditional community garden and bring individuals together to achieve a common goal. In the future, the Valley Growers aim to expand the garden to include beds for community groups and individuals alike.
“We have visited with neighbours around the site and there is a growing excitement as we prepare for our planting day which starts at 9 a.m. on July 7, 2017,” explained Rose Poulson, another valley growers member. “We know it’s a little late in the season but we’ve had some veggies growing at home ready to plant on the dig day.”
If individuals wish to have their own bed, they can plant, care, and donate or keep the produce for themselves.
To get involved or simply learn more information about the new community building initiative, search for @DrumhellerFCSS on Facebook or check out the Town of Drumheller website here. ( http:// dinosaurvalley. com/ valley- growers- valley- learning-garden)
Updates on upcoming events and workshops will be announced through local media as well as online sources. The vegetables and other produce grown will be donated to the food bank for families in need.
“We believe this project will be instrumental in building community and provide opportunity for individuals to learn new skills that will contribute to their personal health and wellness,” said Jenessa McAuley, Salvation Army volunteer.
“The availability of fresh produce from the garden will also enhance the nutritional value of the food hampers we provide to individuals and families seeking support through the food bank,” she said.