The plot of land we're working on right now together with the District of Central Saanich is a small field behind the Boys & Girls Club on Lucille Drive. Below you can view a concept of the design of the plot.
As Central Saanich has a rich agricultural history, we are dedicated in keeping this knowledge alive by making the gardens a hub of agricultural knowledge within the community. As such, we have teamed up with UVic’s Community Mapping class to assist us with reaching out to local schools and the wider community to assemble existing agricultural knowledge in the form of a mural that will be displayed in our garden space. In addition, we will be hosting various workshops and educational events based on the community’s needs, skillset, and interests once the gardens are established.
The plot provides us with space for 16 regular beds, three accessible beds and one community bed. In our concept design, we want the man door to be in the north east corner, next to the Boys & Girls Club, to reduce traffic on Lucille Drive. The fencing will most likely be deer fencing, together with finer mesh at the bottom for rabbits. Our compost bins will be rodent-proof. The pathways in the gardens will be either a kind of gravel or mulch, as long as it's accessible for wheelchairs. We aim to keep the gardens tidy and good looking, through various means.
Next up is a neighbourhood consultation. This consultation gives the opportunity to people in the community to share ideas, concerns and ask questions. We welcome all of those! Our plan is to hold a Zoom meeting in March. Details will follow.
Below you can view some impressions of how we envision the community garden, and some drawings of what the gardens would look like. These are often pictures from other community gardens, so this does not indicate final design. Every picture includes a caption that gives more explanation.
We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial .We acknowledge with the respect that our work occurs on the traditional land of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day."
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