By: Trevor Bacon On: February 27, 2021 In: Community Comments: 0

MARCH 2021

The community is looking for feedback through a Google Docs form to gauge interest in this opportunity – please click on the link below to the survey to register your interest or feedback



SMCA is exploring the interest from the community to start a community garden, if interested in volunteering on a committee to organize one please contact info@sandstonemacewan.com

Why explore a community garden?

Community gardens offer people and the community many benefits. They provide opportunities for both recreational gardening and food production, in underutilized spaces. Community gardens are also great for the environment. Food grown locally reduces green house gases produced by long distance transportation of food. Gardens also contribute to biodiversity of species and help to support populations of pollinators. Finally, community gardens bring people together and may reduce crime rates in the neighbourhood by increasing visibility and engaging citizens in positive initiatives

Community gardens contribute to a healthy lifestyle by:

  • providing fresh, safe, affordable herbs, fruits and vegetables
  • helping to relieve stress and increase sense of wellness
  • getting people active, which improves overall physical health
  • providing social opportunities that build a sense of community and belonging
  • giving people an opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gardening, nature, and cooking

Community gardens benefit the community as they help:

  • build welcoming, safer communities
  • improve the look of neighbourhoods
  • reduce pollution by sequestering carbon and reducing the shipping of food over long distances
  • support pollinator habitats that are necessary for community well-being
  • reduce food insecurity
  • connect people to nature
  • educate people on where food comes from and provide opportunity for people, especially in urban spaces, to engage with their food system
  • provide an inclusive meeting area where people of all ages and cultural backgrounds can come together to share experiences and knowledge

Help us get a community garden in the ground! Starting an effective community garden is not a simple task. But when passionate people come together with considerable organization, planning, cooperation, perseverance and resources, great success can be achieved. Interested in the benefits of a community garden for Sandstone MacEwan? Please contact info@sandstonemacewan.ca to volunteer or for more information.

Thank you.