We invite you to join us as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Parry Sound Community Gardens and raise funds to ensure its livelihood in the future. Dance to the beautiful sounds of local musician, Katherine Wheatley, enjoy complimentary appetizers and learn about how the Community Gardens initiative is ‘Helping us Grow a Healthy Parry Sound’. This event is put on in partnership with Community Living Parry Sound as a fundraiser and wrap-up to Community Living Month.
Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Doors Open: 6pm
Live Music: 7-9pm
Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door. All proceeds support the Parry Sound Community Gardens and Kitchens Initiatives. (Please note that there is no physical ticket, you will be added to a guest list after your purchase)
More information about the Community Gardens:
The idea for the Parry Sound Community Gardens began with the need for communal gardening space and an inclusive activity that brought together people with a common interest. Community Living Parry Sound and the District Social Services Administration Board of Parry Sound combined their resources and opened up the first garden behind the Waubeek St. Early Years Centre. Here, community members of all abilities, ages and socioeconomic status, who perhaps did not have the space at home, could garden free of charge. Gardeners received their plot without cost with the stipulation that they donate 20% of their produce to Harvest Share. Not only did the Community Gardens create a space and opportunity for social inclusion, they provided a solution for the food insecurity experienced by many in the Parry Sound area.
Fast-forward ten years and sixty people are gardening in over 8,000 sq. feet of plots in seven different gardens around town. The two-organization partnership grew to include the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, Mary St. Centre, The North Bay/Parry Sound District Health Unit, Town of Parry Sound, Canadore College, Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing, The Friendship Centre and Georgian Bay Native Non-Profit Homes.
The success and continuation of the gardens initiative is dependent on both the support of the partnering organizations and the community as a whole. This year, the soil quality is of particular concern for gardeners; ten years’ worth of top soil packed-down in a concrete-like manner will not produce sufficient crop. The partners require funds to purchase specialized tools to make the plots garden-ready. As well, construction of the Parry Sound Community Gardens’ greenhouse came to a halt with a lack of funding. Its completion would ensure a longer growing season, and subsequently, more nutritious foods for the people who benefit from Harvest Share.