Farming & Local Food Production

Yara Community Gardens Special Projects

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Lauren Stennett
Email address of primary contact person: 
gardens.hungermj@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Moose Jaw's first community gardens project, the Yara Community Gardens, was established in 2006. Hunger in Moose Jaw currently administers the project. The gardens allow for people from our diverse community, including seniors, youth and families, to rent a plot of land and grow their own pesticide-free, nutritious food. Many clubs, schools, and daycares take advantage of the "living classroom" made naturally at our gardens. In 2008, and again in 2010, our gardens expanded to allow for even more growing space. We currently have 125 individual garden plots throughout the city. The garden plots vary in size from 5'x8' to 20'x60'. The Yara Community Gardens not only provide the opportunity to grow healthy local food, but also allow for communal learning. Sharing gardening techniques, stories and meals brings community members together fostering friendships, food security and the conservation of age-old Saskatchewan gardening practices.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Moose Jaw's first community gardens project, the Yara Community Gardens, was established in 2006. Hunger in Moose Jaw currently administers the project.

In 2008, and again in 2010, our gardens expanded to allow for even more growing space. We currently have 125 individual garden plots throughout the city. The garden plots vary in size from 5'x8' to 20'x60'.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Community gardens
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Many clubs, schools, and daycares take advantage of the "living classroom" made naturally at our gardens.

The Yara Community Gardens not only provide the opportunity to grow healthy local food, but also allow for communal learning. Sharing gardening techniques, stories and meals brings community members together fostering friendships, food security and the conservation of age-old Saskatchewan gardening practices.

Throughout the gardening season, we offer several different public workshops. Workshops are taught by both special guests and the Coordinator. Some workshops offered in previous years have been:

 Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

 Alternatives to Pesticides

 Water Conservation in the Garden

 Introduction to Intensive Gardening

 Creating Healthy Soil

 

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Professional and other training outside the formal school/higher education system (non-formal education)
How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event

Yara Community Gardens

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Lauren Stennett
Email address of primary contact person: 
gardens.hungermj@sasktel.net
Phone number (if applicable): 
(306) 692-1916
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The Yara Community Gardens are a pesticide-free garden area that is open to all members of the community. For a minimal plot fee gardeners have full access to their plot in which to grow delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. We strive to promote a healthy lifestyle, bridging cultural and generational gaps, as well as providing an area for outdoor education to occur.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The gardens run from the middle of April until the middle of October each year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
gardening, environmentally friendly, community, education, vegetables
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

At the Yara Community Gardens we strive to provide educational components through various workshops relating to gardens such as pesticide-free gardening, composting, vegetable gardening, etc. We also provide school tours for kids of all areas so they can learn about planting vegetables, etc. We also have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year where people of all ages can learn about the importance of giving back to the community.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
High school
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

Each year we have two farmers markets for charity where the gardeners donate some of their produce and all the proceeds are given to a charity of the gardeners choice. We also have something called a grow-a-row promotion where businesses can sponsor a row of potatoes that is grown in their name and all of the potatoes harvested are then given to a local soup kitchen and the food bank in town.

Publications (Has there been any documentation of this project/research?): 

We have been recognized several times within the Moose Jaw papers as well as interviews on local televesion and radio.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Yara Belle Plaine

Walmart Evergreen Fund

City of Moose Jaw

CIF Capital Grant

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Nominated for recognition this June at SIAST

Sustainable Rural Alternative Seminar Series - Craik Sustainable Living Project

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Glenn Hymers
Email address of primary contact person: 
glennandbrenda@Sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Community capacity and sustainability are built through speakers presenting on new or in development rural and agricultural alternatives. The series of speakers aims to address the economic and social needs of rural communities, and improve the marketability and regional identity of the community. Sustainability for rural community and culture is fostered through information being conveyed on farming and production alternatives that can occur within the community instead of outside. Awareness is stimulated in a forum in which community members are able to come together to share and learn while stimulating economic growth and diversification of products that are local and uniquely branded. The Craik Sustainable Living Project has developed partnerships with other rural and agricultural organizations to develop more opportunities through the seminar series for rural areas sustaining the sense of culture and community that exists within rural areas.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Rural, Farming and Productive Alternatives, Community
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - awareness

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

CARDS - Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development Saskatchewan, CTRC - Carleton Trail Regional College, and the Craik and Davidson Co-ops.

Sustainable Communities Grant

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Green Initiatives Fund Co-ordinator, Ministry of Environment
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Sustainable Communities Grants are awarded for projects that take place in Saskatchewan and work towards progress in the following target areas:
    * Climate Change - project reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    * Eco-tourism - project addresses ecosystem preservation through public education and provides economic opportunity through tourism in Saskatchewan
    * Green Agricultural Practices - project demonstrates or determines the feasibility of agricultural practices that minimize negative environmental impacts
    * Ecosystem Conservation - project conserves resources, preserves and maintains ecosystems at risk or rehabilitates degraded areas
    * Sustainable Development Awareness - project raises awareness of sustainable development through education activities, training, research, seminars or forums
    * Water Conservation and Source Water Protection - project takes action to ensure a safe and sustainable water supply
Costs that are not eligible include:
# Projects that have received previous funding from the Green Initiatives Fund
# Projects that require on-going funding from the province beyond two calendar years
# On-going administration (office costs) and established operational budgets; Sustainable Communities Grant money cannot be used to provide on-going operational funding
# Infrastructure, including landfills, roads, water/wastewater and buildings used for residential or commercial purposes
# Equipment, including but not limited to vehicles, heating and cooling equipment
# Land
# Research projects
# Biofuels projects
# Projects that include debt financing or cost recovery purposes
# Initiatives that need to be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as investigations and remediation
Saskatchewan youth groups, community associations, non-profit organizations, local governments including First Nation communities, educational institutions and municipal corporations are eligible to submit project proposals. Individuals or groups not included in the above list may submit a joint application with an eligible applicant. Funding is available to a maximum of $100,000.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. The maximum length of a project is two calendar years from the time the funding is awarded. The application deadlines are October 15 and April 15.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
sustainable communities, climate change, eco-tourism, green agriculture, ecosystems, water conservation, source water, sustainable development
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=15ba2b6c-acde-479a-bc55...

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

Green Technology Commercialization Grant

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Green Initiatives Fund Co-ordinator Ministry of Environment
Email address of primary contact person: 
not applicable
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Green technologies are defined as those technologies which, through their adoption, adaptation or development, help develop or produce goods and services providing either a remedial or preventative benefit to the natural environment.
Eligible technologies could include, but are not limited to the following examples:
    * Water purification and management - water pollution prevention and treatment technologies; water recycling and ultra-filtration systems; remote sensor and automation (e.g. wastewater treatment and management technology)
    * Development of best practices - in all aspects of environmental management, which may include the adaptation, novel or innovative use of existing technology (e.g. phyto-remediation)
    * Bio-product innovation - value added options in expanding markets for bio-materials, bio-industrial chemicals, bio-processing or bio-remediation
    * Agriculture - farm efficiency technologies; water conserving irrigation systems; bioremediation and soil treatment; natural pesticides
    * Air Quality - air purification products and air filtration systems; energy efficient heating, ventilating and/or cooling (HVAC) systems; air pollution and monitoring equipment; emissions monitoring and sampling equipment; indoor air quality testing equipment; data logging and remote sensing
    * Enabling technologies - catalyst and membrane technology; distributed sensor networks technology
    * Environmental IT - software and systems for environmental management, GIS & GPS applications; record keeping; waste and hazardous materials management
    * Materials and nano-technology - biodegradable materials derived from seed proteins and crop residue; micro-fluidics technology for biochemical reactions; nano-materials; composite materials; environmentally friendly chemical products and sensor technology
    * Materials recovery and recycling - recycling technologies; waste treatment; internet based systems for materials trading and management; hazardous waste remediation; bio-mimetics for advanced metals separation and extraction; composting technologies
    * Manufacturing and industrial - advanced packaging; natural or green chemistry; environmentally friendly construction materials; business process and data flow mapping tools; precision and lean manufacturing process instruments and fault detection; chemical management technology and service
    * Transportation and logistics - lighter materials technology for transportation vehicles; advanced pavements and road surfaces; smart logistics software and processes (e.g. the Ross Industrial Park project)
Projects that cannot be funded include:
    * Projects that previously have received funding from the Green Initiatives Fund.
    * Projects that require on-going funding from the province beyond two calendar years.
    * Initiatives that need to be undertaken as a result of a government order, such as investigations and remediation.
    * Projects that are NOT distinct from applicant's standard operations. Green Initiatives Fund money CANNOT be used to provide on-going operational funding.
The following can apply:
    * New and existing small to medium sized businesses registered in Saskatchewan.
    * Partnerships between a business registered in Saskatchewan and non-business groups.
Groups such as non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, academic researchers and municipal groups may partner with a business in working towards commercialization of a product or service. However, these groups are not eligible to apply for funding without a committed business interest.
Projects with costs between $10,000 and $200,000 are eligible to receive funding up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $100,000. Projects with costs over $200,000 are eligible to receive funding up to 50% of the first $200,000 of eligible costs and 25% of eligible costs beyond that to a maximum of $250,000.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

Ongoing. Pre-qualification applications will be reviewed, as a minimum, on a quarterly basis each year according to the following deadlines:
    * March 31
    * June 30
    * September 30
    * December 31

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
green technology, Ministry of Environment, water management, bio-product, agriculture, air quality, environmental IT, recycling, transportation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Informal - Awareness. Additional material available for viewing at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=a780f95d-0152-4dcd-a4e6...

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
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