Yara Community Gardens

Submitted by LaurenStennett on Fri, 2011-05-06 11:28
Date of survey completion
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
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