Edmonton

PSA: Sign up for a Pop-Up Community Garden

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Sign up for a Pop-Up Community Garden

To help Edmontonians access fresh food and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on food security, the City of Edmonton is bringing back the Pop-Up Community Gardens pilot. Pop-Up Community Gardens consist of raised planters on City-owned or community league licensed land designed for community food production and to be a safe and healthy recreational activity.

Interested groups looking to add a Pop-Up Community Garden will be able to submit an application starting today until Sunday, April 4. Up to 30 temporary gardens will be added across Edmonton, providing gardening spots for over 300 gardeners. Applicant eligibility guidelines have been modified from last season to support those groups and individuals with the greatest need.

The City will deliver seven to 15 planter boxes, including soil, to each selected site. Each planter will be used for growing edible plants only and will be arranged by the City in a formation three metres apart to enable physical distancing. While it is preferred that sites have their own water source, the City will be able to provide a water supply for selected sites, if required. Successful applicants will coordinate assigning volunteer duties and plot management activities. Garden groups must provide plants, seeds, disinfecting products, personal gardening protective equipment and tools, as well as the gardening knowledge and commitment to support the garden. Once harvest activities are completed in the fall, the City will remove the planters.

Community garden sites promote healthy and active lifestyles, and safer, more vibrant and connected communities. The initiative also increases recreational opportunities and contributes to community building and beautification while helping Edmontonians access fresh and locally grown, fresh food.

For more information:
edmonton.ca/popupgardens

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