By Birgit Stutz
The McBride community garden project is moving forward.
Nancy Taylor of the Robson Valley Support Society attended the regular Council meeting of the Village of McBride on June 12 as a delegate and thanked Council for supporting the Community Garden Conference, which took place in April.
“The conference was a great success,” she said.
“The community garden project is moving forward. Potential sites are being evaluated and two grant applications are being looked into.”
In a follow-up interview, Taylor said that the committee met with Village of McBride Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements prior to the Council meeting to assess three sites belonging to the village.
“Criteria for the site assessments include access, water, sunlight, visibility to the public, soil condition, parking, access to washrooms, and security,” said Taylor.
“We are talking with Northern Health about a site on NH property. Hopefully a site will be chosen soon.”
The committee has applied for funds through Farm Credit Canada, and the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council is sponsoring the grant as a charitable non-profit organization. As well, a New Horizons for Seniors Grant will be submitted before the end of the month.
“We have nine community members committed to gardening in a bed and many volunteers to help with construction and site prep,” said Taylor.
“Pending funding to build the infrastructure for the garden such as beds, deer fencing and storage shed, we will begin construction in the spring of 2013. In the meantime we meet bi-monthly for Garden Grow and Smell – guerrilla gardening in McBride, from 10 a.m. until noon. We meet at RVSS and proceed to various sites from there. Everyone is welcome, just bring tools and gloves.”