Collingwood Community Gardens
The Collingwood Community Gardens is a collaborative initiative between Free Spirit Gardens (applying charity), the generous landowners, The Town of Collingwood, The Environment Network, Elephant Thoughts, 4 local schools, and several other supporting partners. The primary gardens in this project are hosted on a 2 acre parcel of old farming land right in town, generously shared by landowners Tim and Ethel Cook. The Cook Community gardens went from renting just 1 plot in its first year, to renting over 50 plots 3 years later in 2014. We have grown thousands of pounds of local food, generated hundreds of pounds of finished compost, and hosted over 200 high school students for hands on fun and learning. The Cook Community gardens employ youth over the summer, several of which have gone on to organic farming careers. Much of the produce is donated to our local food bank. If you check out our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Spirit-Gardens/110384629028920?ref=br_tf) you’ll see how many community members are involved and passionate about growing more local food and creating a sustainable food system. The gardens have become a gathering place and a source of inspiration for anyone involved in sustainable living. The demand for rental plots, workshops, community events, access to healthy, fresh food, volunteer opportunities, marketing, etc. has now exceeded the volunteer capacity of Free Spirit Gardens’ volunteers. We are in need of funding to hire an outreach and volunteer manager so that we can help more people have access to the benefits of growing local, healthy food. We are also in need of seeds, as every year we have to raise about $250 for seeds for our community gardens and workshops.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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