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Green & Gold Community Garden

The Green & Gold Community Garden is an Edmonton urban garden with an international impact. Started in 2009 by Dr. Sarah Bowen, at the School of Public Health, a two-acre field on the University of Alberta farm has become a source of local food and a fundraiser to help women across the world in Africa. This year will be the garden's sixth year of operation. We grow vegetables, herbs and flowers to raise funds for the Tubahumurize Association, a non-profit organization in Rwanda.The garden is run entirely by volunteers, and most supplies and equipment are donated. The University of Alberta's Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and School of Public Health provide some operational support. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, range in age from teenagers to seniors, and in experience from never gardened to seasoned gardeners. In 2013, more than 60 volunteers worked in the garden.

Throughout the spring, summer and into early fall, the Green & Gold Community Garden is a community gathering place to learn about growing food, exchange recipes and enjoy a beautiful garden oasis in the middle of the city. Our customers/supporters receive fresh-picked vegetables grown using organic practices. The garden market is open for sales on Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from July to September. Over 1,000 people in the community receive weekly e-mail updates about what produce is available that week. All of the proceeds from the garden produce sales (100%) go to Tubahumurize, a non-profit organization in Rwanda that provides counselling, health education, vocational training and micro-credit loans to women who have been victims of violence, illness or poverty. The garden is the main source of funding for Tubahumurize, and has raised over $100,000 since 2009. For more information, see the website at: http://bit.ly/greenandgold_garden

Where it's at:

South Campus, University of Alberta
118 St, just south of 60th Ave, on the University of Alberta farm
Edmonton, AB T5W 1E7
Canada

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):

90000

Garden beneficiaries:

Socioeconomically marginalized women (teenagers, single women, mothers and grandmothers) affected by the Rwandan genocide, HIV or AIDS, or domestic abuse. and families

Number of people reached:

250

What this project needs:

funds
tools
seeds
seedlings
volunteer labor

Project leaders:

Leigh-Ann Topfer
Shirley Ross

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606