Markdale Community Garden
The Markdale Community Garden is a collaborative effort between the South East Grey Community Health Centre (SEGCHC), the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Coach House site, Grey County Master Gardeners, the Markdale Agricultural Society and the South Grey Museum. In 2014 the garden was expanded from box gardens at the SEGCHC site to an in-ground garden plot. Begun in 2012 in raised-beds at the Community Health Centre (former Board of Education building in Markdale), the project was expanded into the former seniors garden behind Grey Gables in the summer of 2014.
Supported through a Community Foundation Grey Bruce grant in 2014 - a project called Tooling Up Our Community Garden – the garden coordinators were able to purchase needed tools, hoses and supplies for participating gardeners. The Master Gardeners ran workshops and hands-on training on Tuesdays throughout the summer. Many previous gardeners and some first-time gardeners were involved and made use of new and used tools and resources purchased with funding provided.
Community gardeners involved in the project learn about gardening and growing fresh food for their own use. Their families and other friends benefit from their lessons learned and have expressed an interest in becoming involved in the future. The SEGCHC benefitted by having expanded opportunity for nutritional clients to learn to grow their own healthy food. The Coach House benefitted by having an additional program for participants and enhanced social and integration opportunity for clients. Several barbecues were held through the year to add to the social opportunities provided by the program. The Grey County Master Gardeners benefitted through a chance to teach more people about gardening and fulfill volunteer involvement commitments in the community. The Markdale Agricultural Society benefitted through expanded involvement with the group, fulfilling its mandate to promote and educate about agriculture and the rural lifestyle. The Fall Fair benefitted through additional entrants from the community garden, who entered their vegetables and preserves in the fair. The South Grey Museum (SGM) benefitted through enhanced collaboration in the community and an opportunity to expand the promotion of the museum’s heritage herb garden in the community at large.
SUSTAINING THE PROJECT
The project will be sustained through further collaboration of the groups involved – with potential for partner program budgets to support the project. The group will also seek further in-kind support, sponsorships and donations and fundraising opportunities to support the project. In 2014 additional raised bed boxes were obtained through a donation from Union Gas to the CMHA and additional land has been offered for further expansion. There are still some larger items to be purchased, such as a tool shed, picnic tables etc. to enhance the garden. The project itself is supported by staff from the SEGCHC, CMHA and SGM and volunteers from the Master Gardeners and Markdale Agricultural Society and all the participants are involved free of charge.
FEEDING OUR FOOD FUTURE
The community garden has been a great success for those involved and there are plans to develop a larger site with the assistance of a local landowner. The project will grow at its own pace in the future – with more opportunities and space provided as it becomes available. Additional opportunities to support workshops and mentors for gardeners, provide opportunities for learning about good nutrition and preserving foods as well as a community dinner are in the works for 2015. The seed has been planted, so to speak, so we hope to grow the opportunity for the community.
SUPPORTING THE GARDEN
If you would like to sponsor the Markdale Community Garden, please contact the coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the program are eligible for charitable receipts.
POULTRY FOR PROFIT CAMPAIGN
Thank you to all those who support our Elmira Chicken fundraising campaign!
The next order date is due November 10th, 2016. The delivery date is November 25th, 2016.
Orders arrive at the Centre Grey Recreation Complex lobby in King Edward Park, Markdale.
Contact Marg Dennis at 519-986-2738 if you wish to put in an order or e-mail us at email@example.com .
Support your local chicken farmers and the fair with great products!!
GOOD FOOD BOX
The Grey Highlands Good Food Box program is open to all. It is coordinated by the Markdale Agricultural Society, in partnership with the Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) “Coach House” in Markdale is a monthly fresh food project.
Sponsored in part by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit (which provides monthly newsletters for the program) and community sponsors, the program offers fresh produce purchased through the Ontario Food Terminal (from Ontario farmers when available) for $15 per box. Subsidies are available for families with children through making application to the National Child Benefit through the YMCA in Owen Sound.
The Grey Highlands Good Food Box program at Markdale runs the fourth Tuesday of every month (check December date annually for change). It is distributed from the Annesley United Church (which donates the use of its Fellowship Hall for the purpose). Orders for boxes may be made up to the third Tuesday of the month through contacting the Coach House at 519-986-7491. Participants are asked to please pay ahead for each month and bring their own shopping bags to transport their produce home.
For more information, see the flyer. If you would like to sponsor a Good Food Box or support the program, please contact the coordinator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the program are eligible for charitable receipts.
Download the flyer here.
Markdale Agricultural Society meeting - All Welcome
Please join us for our monthly meeting at 7pm in the Grey County Agricultural Services building
(rear entrance, lower level of Grey Gables) the second Thursday of Each month.