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Olds Community Garden
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behind Aquatic Centre , Olds, Alberta, CA
403 556 2005
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Hubert de Kalbermatten Kathy Parsons Ken MacLeod Robin Hillsden Yone Ward
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Olds Community Garden

Project Type

Urban, Residential, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group/Transition Town/Permablitz

Project Summary

The Olds Community Garden includes people from all walks of life who want to participate in and learn about the growing of their own food. OCG is open to collaborating with other groups who are interested in learning and sharing information about gardening techniques. The OCG supports eco-friendly sustainable gardening.

Project Description

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A community-based volunteer group of organic gardeners has formed for the purpose of establishing a new Community Garden in Olds.   It is expected that through the providing of garden plots to members of the community, that it will enrich the social network between various user groups. There will also be access and hands-on learning for High School children and Olds College students if they so chose.

The garden that we envision will be a space where community members can gather and work together or separately, learn from each other, and create annual and permanent plantings to enhance the area within a community volunteer framework.

After much consideration and talks with the Town Council, we have decided that the best possible location for the garden would be just south of the Aquatic Centre. This project ties in with community members, since it is adjacent to the pool, with the new High School and near the College for easy access for all user groups.  There is a picnic shelter nearby that can be utilized for meetings or potlucks with the members of the community garden.

Community groups such as the Food Bank will be asked for input and if they want to be involved in the process.  We hope that people, who use the food bank, can be given the opportunity to come and grow their own fresh food. Often food bank recipients receive only processed and canned or dried food, so this would be one way to help provide healthy fresh food for the locals in need.  There is an educational element for all involved and a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in learning how to grow your own food.  Other community groups such as the Girl Guides will be given the opportunity to use the garden to grow their own food and for education.

The High School will also be asked for their participation in the planning process so that the students from the High School can utilize the site for some hands-on learning in the spring and fall months.  There may be some crossover with classes in Biology, CALM (Career and Life Management), Chemistry and other courses.  Teachers may want to include some hands-on sections of their class and can be designated a plot for experimental growing of plants for educational purposes.


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