Kin Park Community Garden - Our2022 Grant Recipient
10.10.2023 - 04:05
It’s always a pleasure to speak with our neighbors in Canada, and it’s clear the community garden movement there is alive and thriving. Judy Stafford and Naomi Kulhawy are two of Kin Park Community Garden’s biggest supporters, with Judy as executive director and Naomi as the farm director.
The small city of Duncan (pop. 5,045 in 2021), is located on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia and boasts the world’s largest collection of outdoor totems. Located on the traditional lands of the Cowichan First Nation, the Cowichan peoples have lived here for millennia.
Duncan’s community garden was first established in 2006, and expanded in 2010 to add a quarter acre market garden. The entire landscape is committed to edible plants, including berry bushes and fruit trees.
Now with a working urban farm on one side of the park and a thriving community garden on the other side, the garden welcomes members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Kin Park Youth Urban Farm, an integral part of the larger garden project, is a truly unique space. The farm is unfenced and open for the public to explore at any time.
Kin Park Youth Urban Farm is a program that aims to equip and inspire youth and the larger community in growing food. Young people assist with caring for the community garden, and community garden members share their valuable experience with the youth.
Cowichan Green Community‘s mandate is to improve food security by developing strong relationships with local food producers, increasing the town’s capacity for local food production (both urban and rural), and empowering people with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to feed their community. The majority of the garden’s 35 raised beds are leased out to
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