Val­ley Grow­ers com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive spruces up Bankview area.

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley

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.

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