Community Garden - Graduate Students Association Carleton University
Community Garden - Graduate Students Association Carleton University
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Commenced:
01/06/2012
Submitted:
16/11/2012
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
1125 Colonel By Drive (next to Parking Lot P6), Ottawa, Ontario, CA
Website:
http://chrisbisson.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/gsa-carleton-community-garden/
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate





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Community Garden - Graduate Students Association Carleton University

Project Type

Urban, School Projects, Demonstration

Project Summary

Student owned and operated community garden designed and implemented using permaculture design process.

Project Description

The Graduate Students Association at Carleton University secured the space and funding on campus to create a community garden.  The purpose of the garden is to provide growing space for Carleton students and community to produce their own food.

The design of the site involved an intensive summer observation and design period, followed by an autumn series of garden permablitzes.  It is still in the process of construction, but will be fully operational in the spring of 2013 for students and communities to grow food.

The total space is approximately 3,500 ft2, with a width of fourty feet, and a length of 105 feet.  The entire sun receives full sun, but is sheltered to the North-West by a small grove of secondary succession woods.  This is an asset in protecting against the NorthWestern summer storm surges that arise occasionally.

Some of the major features are the self-contained water collection system that is still being built.  As well, the wood pallet terrace that was constructed as a loadbearing wall to contain a three foot deep area of soil that spans feventy feet. The bottom of the terraced sections will have logs burried under the soil acting as a pseudo-hugelkultur feature. Two sixty foot long garden beds were constructed with special consideration to accessiblity for people with limited mobility.  Paths were built using a 7/8 inch gravel base, stone dust top hand tamped when wet.  Bricks were repurposed from a former student pub at the University of Ottawa.

A large section of the garden will supply the Student Food Centre's Food Bank Programme with fresh produce.  There will also be a portion where the Aboriginal Student Centre will be demonstrating  traditional agriculture and the cultivation of medicinal herbs.  The site will also function as a demonstration site for how permaculture design can be used to creat community gardens in Ottawa.

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