PGPIRG Rooftop Garden
The Prince George Public Interest Research Group garden has been producing veggies for 20 years. Programming for youth, recent immigrants, and students have occurred at our Sustainable Learning Garden. Private garden space has been allotted without charge for low income users, and the complementing workshop series we run have helped them develop the skills they need to increase their personal wellbeing with outdoor exercise and healthy produce. There have also been various small scale student research projects undertaken in our plots, testing the success of various vegetable varieties in our difficult northern climate.
As the garden has grown over the years, we’ve come to meet capacity for our current space. Two years ago we attempted an expansion into a new rooftop location, but the human and material resources we had did not prove enough for us to accomplish the task. The University of Northern British Columbia is still open to our occupying a rooftop space on campus. Since our last attempt at expansion, the idea of branching out to the rooftop garden has resurfaced many times over. The efficiency of using a rooftop space to reduce the footprint of the building and to increase our exposure to students and public passers by is too enticing a prospect to be ignored any longer. This year we intend to remount the effort, and hopefully with the support of various government, campus, and nonprofits like yourself, we will be able to muster the materials and personnel necessary to make the expansion a success.
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