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 bed space 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, 24 raised beds, 2 conventional fields, and various perennial growing areas.
Patchwork Farms offers a collective gardening program where volunteer “farmers” help grow crops for donation to community food programs. All community garden programming focuses on education and skill-building and is intended to provide inclusive recreation for all members of our community. Volunteer opportunities are available to mentor others, join in on a workbee, or help out with garden tasks.
Each year educational gardening workshops are facilitated at the gardens, open to gardeners and the general public. Programming is focused on empowering participants to grow their own food, teaching about the health benefits of gardening (garden therapy), and creating an inclusive and encouraging community of gardeners.
Be sure to connect with us on Facebook for info and dates of upcoming workshops. Happy gardening!