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Town Receives Funding for Two New Community Gardens

 

High River, AB: Council has directed administration to form a Community Garden Ad Hoc Committee consisting of members of the public to oversee the creation of two new community gardens.

This decision to support the formation of a committee comes after significant public interest and funding support from TD Bank’s Friends of the Environment Foundation (TDFEF) grant program.

Community_garden“We submitted an application to TDFEF requesting funds for the community gardens and recently received confirmation that the Town was to be awarded $10,000 for the project,” says Sarah Mitchell, parks and culture coordinator with the Town.

A brief survey was recently posted on the Town’s website to determine residents’ interest and to open discussions on what would be required to establish a community-run gardening project.

“We had an overwhelming response to the survey with about 92 per cent of respondents indicating their support for new community gardens in High River,” says Mitchell. “Many of the respondents also stated that they would be willing to participate on a committee to oversee the creation of the gardens.”

The committee’s mandate will be to responsibly advise on the spending of funding and activities allocated towards the creation of two new community gardens in High River and to provide recommendations to Council on the locations of these future gardens.

“The formation of this committee will provide the public with a sense of ownership of the gardens,” adds Mitchell. “The committee would meet regularly over this summer until the gardens are complete.”

The proposed timeline is to have these gardens constructed during the summer and early fall of 2015 and be ready for planting in the spring of 2016.

The Town is currently requesting that anyone interested in sitting on the committee submit a letter of interest (maximum 500 words) to Sarah Mitchell at smitchell@highriver.ca.  The deadline for applications is Friday, July 3 at 4 p.m.

For more information visit the ‘Community Garden’ page under the Public Forum menu on the Town’s website, www.highriver.ca

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