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The Ness Creek Forest Garden
The Ness Creek Forest Garden
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Ness Creek Ecological Site, Big River, SK, CA
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Alexander Ihlo Colin Mennell Dan West Elaine Codling Jackie Avent Jesse Lemieux Jevin Barton Ken MacLeod Linda  Chan Rob Tress Shannon Franklin Tayler Krawczyk Thomas Schoene Tim Engbrecht Yone Ward
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The Ness Creek Forest Garden

Project Type

Rural, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

A zone 1a Forest Garden Pilot Project at a music festival site in Northern Saskatchewan.

Project Description



1. Hardy Edible Plant Collection

  By propagating & establishing plants, trees & shrubs that are edible, medicinal or useful in our northern climate, we can ensure a diverse genetic pool of plant material. This will increase functional bio-diversity & build resiliency in local hardy plant stock.

2. Sustainable Local Food Production & Food Security

  As the garden moves into mid-late succession, the Ness Creek Ecological Site & its thousands of patrons will have the benefit of increasing local, organic & nutritious produce. This will reduce the carbon emissions by:
 1. reducing fossil fuel inputs to local food consumption (transport, packaging, irrigation, chemical fertilizers, pesticides & herbicides)
 2. sequestering carbon in the form of food plants 

3. Replicability, Education & Awareness

    This project is meant to broaden our conception of a ‘yield’. In the coming years, this garden should produce not only diverse agricultural yields (berries, vegetables, mushrooms, eggs), but an aesthetic yield as a peaceful setting, a social yield as a gathering spot, an educational yield as a provincial demonstration site. It is to be a learning & a teaching experience for all.

  Given the plethora of remote, northern & aboriginal communities in the area, having a functioning pilot project & a community supported plant bank will ensure that other communities seeking food security can use & learn from our model.


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Rural Community Demonstration Educational
Tayler Krawczyk - Admin
Team Members
Jesse Lemieux - Garden Manager 2015 season Shaun Abbs - Garden Manager 2015 season

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