HVCA Community Garden meeting
Saturday, April 9, 2016
1:00 – 2:30
Dundonald School Library

Chair: Karen Farmer, City of Saskatoon Community Consultant

1. K. Farmer welcomed approximately 30 participants to the meeting.
Indicated the purpose of the meeting was part of the process to have
community input regarding the development of a community garden in
Hampton Village.
 Introduced board members present—Diana Ng, Cathy Baerg, Cinthia
Hill, Rasheed Soomro
 Introduced Gordon Androsoff from CHEP Good Food Inc.
 Introduced Cassandra Scherr—Community Garden Advocate for HVCA
2. C. Scherr provided background regarding the initiative to start a
community garden in H.V.
 Cassandra sought support to start a community garden by attending an
HVCA board meeting approximately one year ago (April 2015).
 Prepared two articles in the Hampton Villager (newsletter) to determine
community interest.
 Together with Cinthia Hill prepared an application for a community
garden in November 2015.
 Together with Jan Cunningham searched for a suitable location in our
community. Difficult in our community because of sloped land, access
to water and use for sporting activities.
 Next steps—
o Gather feedback from community members to determine
feasibility to move forward. Citizens have until April 15th to submit
their concerns. Currently two concerns have been submitted. One
regarding parking and one regarding potential conflict with cross
country ski trails. Jan Cunningham will respond to concerns.
o Plan a follow up meeting if approval is granted. If approved this
will likely happen by the end of April.
3. K. Farmer
Provided statistics regarding community gardens in Saskatoon. Three –
four requests annually for community gardens.
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Proposed site for Hampton community garden is in Al Anderson Park north
of Hampton Circle.
Maximum <5000 sq ft, maximum 20 – 30 plots. Takes up 0.3% of park land. If approved may need to have some raised beds. Founding principles of community gardens  Community collaboration because gardens are maintained by community members who are neighbours.  Inclusiveness—all ages welcome  Opportunity to learn from each other  Builds community spirit  Grow food to eat, can’t sell it. Usually have some to share with others less fortunate.  Can’t have a fence around the garden  Healthy food  Builds community  Promotes inclusivity  Opportunity to learn from other gardeners. How the city supports community gardens  Rototills plot first time  Connects to irrigation with two spigots  Provides water, free of charge  Helps with planning  If approved, next meeting would planning meeting with interested gardeners to decide how to make the garden work.  Indicated there are grants available for tools, hoses.  Provides unlimited compost for free, coordinated pick up is required Recommended purchasing tool storage locker, made locally. Garden Shed not allowed. Discussed how the Community Garden group works  They manage the garden, allocate plots  Gardeners keep their plots tidy and weed free  Must garden without chemicals for organic produce  Gardeners plan who gets what plot, size of plots  Have fun while working together  Gardeners sign a contract 3 4. G. Androsoff- CHEP Community Gardening Consultant  Community gardens grow friendships and community.  City of Saskatoon biggest provider of land for community gardens >2500 people last year in community gardens.
 CHEP provides:
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rd party insurance for gardens on city land
o Workshops and tours
o Working on policy for vacant lot gardening
o Developing signs for community gardens to help educate
community members
 Suggested:
o naming the garden and developing a mission statement
o Making an inventory of assets
 Important to have linkages and partnerships for deals and
borrowing equipment
o Think about succession planning in the event garden coordinator
moves.
5. K. Farmer asked:
 Interested gardeners to provide their contact information
 all participants to greet the person next to them and introduce
themselves before the meeting adjourned ~2:30