How it started

Updated: Jun 10

With spring finally making its appearance in the region, it's the perfect time to start talking about the Rockland Community Garden!


The Rockland Community Garden project was initiated earlier this year by Sarah Lacombe.

With a desire to grow her own vegetables and wanting to take on a meaningful project, Sarah saw an opportunity to accomplish both with a community garden.


“I had been wanting to do something meaningful that would contribute to the community and also grow my own food. A community garden felt like the perfect opportunity!

My fiance and I had been talking about renting a piece of land to grow fresh produce while we are still renting. We met working on a farm one summer and we wanted to get back to farming together. Although Clarence-Rockland is still considered a rural area where a lot of residents have access to growing spaces in their yards, there is still a lot of us who are not able to garden right in our backyard.


Why a community garden?


Community gardens have been shown to provide many benefits to the community. It is more than growing food on a plot of land, it is an opportunity for the community to come together and create a space that we can share and collaborate on. Benefits include; increasing food security, reinforcing growing practice that promote environmental sustainability, promoting a healthy mind and body by enabling access to nutritious foods, social connections and physical activity, creating a stronger sense of community through collaboration and educational opportunities by supporting skills development and knowledge transfer of generational and local wisdom.


Our proposed concept

  • Seasonal membership for individuals, groups, and families to rent a growing space.

  • Minimum of 20% of the growing space and all main areas made accessible for those with reduced mobility.

  • Volunteering opportunities on a weekly basis

  • Fresh food donations to local food banks and our volunteers

  • Fruit trees and shrubs

  • Collective gardens and projects (e.g. donations garden, bee hives)

  • Educational opportunities through workshops

  • Social events for members, volunteers, and the community

  • Participation in the garden's operations by joining the committee

  • Volunteering opportunities for our youth

We hope to have peaked your interest in our new project and look forward to sharing our development with you through our newsletter and social media platforms. We encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on our progress.


Cheers,

Sarah

Garden Coordinator & Project Lead

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