The Garden of Salem community garden aims to cultivate community while helping others cultivate plants to fill hungry bellies. This is accomplished by building community food production capacity through partnerships and networks within the Albert County community. Over the past couple of years, the cost of food has risen as our sense of community has decreased. Participation in a community garden can help solve both problems. For example, during the COVID 19 pandemic, The Garden of Salem community garden provided a safe and peaceful meeting place for people to gather, build relationships, learn, have fun, and grow nutritious food for themselves, their families and the local food bank. In 2021, together we grew approximately 300 pounds of food to give to the Shepody Food Bank.
The benefits of community gardens spill beyond the boundaries of the soil and flow into the core of the surrounding community by building resilience and stimulating advocacy towards other areas of need. We face large-scale societal problems; however, they do not require large-scale solutions.
You can change your community by becoming involved in a community garden, even if you do not have a green thumb. Here are some ways you can take part in a movement that is contributing to growth and life:
- Garden planning committee
- Social event planners
- Educators (workshops, videos, newsletters)
- Fundraising efforts
- Maintenance crew
- Resource seekers (source materials)
- Gardening mentors
- Garden designers
- Donations (e.g., money, time, materials, seeds)
- Promotions (getting the word out by sharing posts and talking to your neighbours)
The Garden of Salem is currently in the process of fundraising to make this year’s project a true success. If you or someone you know is interested in donating, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org