Community Garden in the Examiner

A lovely article and shot of the church

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2014/11/05/to-be-located-in-fulton-place-the-sunshine-garden-promises-to-bring-the-community-together

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To be located in Fulton Place, the Sunshine Garden promises to bring the community together

By Doug Johnson

St. Augustine’s Anglican Church will host the Sunshine Garden in Fulton Place. 
PHOTO SUPPLIED

St. Augustine’s Anglican Church will host the Sunshine Garden in Fulton Place. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The future is looking bright for a proposed neighbourhood garden.

 

The Sunshine Garden, to be located in the Fulton Place community, is gearing up towards opening in the spring of 2015.

All told, the organizers need $23,000 and are in the process of applying for grants, having recently recieved one for around $5,000, said Sherry Prokopuk, the garden’s co-ordinator.

The site is 150 feet by 50 feet, around 5,500 square feet. According to Prokopuk, the garden will be made out of 38 raised beds which circle the church’s steeple.

“We decided, based on that design, to name our garden the Sunshine Garden,” she said.

The beds closest to the steeple will be around 24 inches high, the raised beds allowing older gardeners to not bend down so much, and providing a place for them to sit.

The garden will feature several communal beds for neighbours to grow things like pumpkins and zucchini and squash together.

According to Prokopuk, there will also be beds for perennials like rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus.

“The idea is that everyone will contribute and share what’s grown in the beds,” she said, adding that families and households will be able to rent other beds for around $20.

The idea behind the garden three years ago when Prokopuk began thinking about eating locally and bringing the community together. The garden seemed like a good way to get both objectives done at the same time, and she began spreading the word around the neighbourhood.

Fulton Place has a gardening swap twice a year where people bring seeds, plants and other items and trade with their neighbours. This event, and the community newsletter, provided fertile ground for Prokopuk to raise support.

Over two years, around five names signed up to help grow and develop the future garden. Last March, St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, at the physical centre of the community, expressed interest in housing the garden on church land.

For more information, visit http://fultonplace.org/initiatives/