High River’s Community Gardens

Gardens are open!!!! 2021!!!

But only for bed prep and amending, and Spring bulb and early seed planting.  The garden will only open fully after all new gardeners have completed the 2021 orientation sessions (and the water gets turned on..... more to come on that later into the season).  Hand sanitizer stations have been installed.

Have questions.....be sure to post your question through the 'Contact Us' option.

Our Speaker - AGM 2021

Our President, Leslie Scrimshaw, met our speaker Jackie Bantle while taking a course for gardeners through the University of Saskatchewan. She was impressed and managed to lasso her into being a speaker for our AGM.

Check out Jackie's Cauliflower Bouquet below.

Jackie Bantle manages U of Saskatchewan’s Ag Greenhouse and Horticulture Field Facility. She is super knowledgeable about growing vegetables in the challenging environment of the prairies and will bring us tips on how to cope with things like flea beetles among others. Jackie lives just outside Saskatoon. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Horticulture from the University of Saskatchewan. Jackie is a board member of the Saskatchewan Horticultural Association as well as The Gardener magazine and Gardenscape - Saskatoon's annual gardening show. She has extensive experience presenting horticulture information to gardeners as well as writing articles for local publications. Jackie enjoys traveling and especially traveling to various horticulture destinations throughout the world.

Covid-19 Policies in the Garden

Our Covid-19 policies will be addressed in more detail here.

Well, Most of our gardeners have been through one year of Covid-19 procedures, and unfortunately, we are looking at another year of more of the same.  Policies are posted at the garden, and are subordinate to any provincial government guidelines that are enacted.

Getting on the Wait List

All 75 garden plots are rented for the 2021 season. However we're keeping the wait list open year round.

What this means is that if you applied for a garden for 2020 and didn't get a plot in 2021 you are still on the wait list. And if you're not on the wait list and would like one of our garden plots the sooner you apply the better your chances so don't delay.

There is always a turnover of garden plots. Our existing gardeners will have until the end of February to renew. After that plots which haven't been renewed will start to be offered to those on the list.

To get on the list click this link.

General Guidelines

We are looking forward to welcoming some new gardeners in the 2020 season. If you want to join us you should have a look at our guidelines. These are the rules we operate the garden under. Some of them are embedded in our agreement with the Town. Some of them come from us but the most important thing for you to know is that we need everyone to pitch in and help out in keeping the garden in good shape.

We have some detailed Gardener Guidelines you can access at this link but here are a few of the basic rules.

•    Gardener use is limited to one plot per residence.   
•    Returning gardeners will have the same plot as the previous year unless you have requested a change.     
•    Plot changes are subject to availability.   
•    Please be respectful of the other member’s plots by picking only what is yours, unless you have been given permission to do so.

Town of High River Public Land

Fall Clean Up and Yes that Guy with the Sunflowers is our Mayor

Our gardens are located on public land owned by the Town of High River.

Everyone is welcome to come into the gardens, look around and relax. You don’t have to be a gardener to enter… but please don’t pick food from the garden allotments unless the gardener there invites you to.

McLaughlin Meadows Community Garden

Wow! Just a Couple of Months Later... Nature Rocks!

Our McLaughlin Meadows Garden is located in the SW just off Highwood Trail. This site has 20 ground plots and 12 raised bed gardens. As well there is a tool shed with a green roof, a compost bin area, a perennial herb bed and the start of a food forest.

 Riverside Community Garden

The Riverside Community Garden can be found in the NW off Riverside Drive. It is just south of Notre Dame High School. At the moment there are 43 gardens here but soon we’ll be adding another raised bed. So for season three we are looking at 24 ground plots and 20 raised beds at this site.

We began planting the Food Forest area this season, a collection of fruit and nut bearing shrubs, vines and trees. Under the trees will be edible flowers, berries and herbs.

It will take a few years before we get any real production but we look forward to future harvests the whole community can enjoy. In other words you don’t have to have a garden plot to reap some excellent food here.

It Takes a Village… and some Money… and some Sweat…

Our first year was a huge push. We managed to get approval to build two new Community Gardens in High River, get site plans developed, get grants, solicit donations and recruit volunteers.

These gardens came together with a lot of help.

For money - thanks are due to the TD Friends of the Environment and funds from the Flood Disaster Relief dollars under CDAC.

For materials - many local companies gave us deep discounts and outright donations.

For sweat - the Community Gardens were built and continue to be run totally with volunteers. During the build stage over a hundred people helped us out contributing hundreds of hours during construction.

This past year we've managed to plant most of the trees for our food forests and completed construction on two sheds.

As we carry on we continue to rely on volunteer help. Each gardener needs to look after their own plot and to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the pathways, and common areas.   Community Work Days are a great way to get to know your neighbouring gardeners, share ideas, and create a garden space together that we can all be proud of.

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