Food Action was actively involved in the establishment of the Community Garden Network and continues to manage the community garden sites at West Vernon, East Hill, and Okanagan College (Patchwork Farms).
Each community garden offers a plot or bed with access to water, communal rest areas, storage for tools and a space for composting.
Patchwork Farms, located at Okanagan College’s Kalamalka Garden site, has a greenhouse, 20 raised beds, 2 conventional fields, and various perennial growing areas. It offers a collective gardening program where volunteer “farmers” help grow crops for donation to community food programs. The raised beds at Patchwork are planted by other community non-profit organizations so their participants have access to gardening. Volunteer opportunities are always available to mentor others, join in on a workbee, or help out with garden tasks.
K’nmalka? Senqualten (Kalamalka Garden) is an indigenous garden created in 2017 through a unique collaboration among the Okanagan Indian Band (Elders and community members), Okanagan College, and the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (Food Action). Located at beautiful Okanagan College in Coldstream, BC, the garden contains indigenous plants gathered and given by the Okanagan people, together with other native species indigenous to this region. It was developed to be a community teaching resource of the region’s indigenous plants and traditional uses. Cultural teachings on sustainable organic gardening, traditional foods, and use, harvesting, and preservation knowledge are an integral part of the vision for K’nmalka? Senqualten.
Each year educational workshops are facilitated at the gardens, open to the general public. Programming is focused on empowering participants to grow their own food, teaching about the health benefits of gardening (garden therapy), and fostering an inclusive community of gardeners. All our programming focuses on education and skill-building and is intended to provide team-building and learning opportunities for all members of our community.
Join us! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook for info and dates of upcoming workshops. Happy gardening!