Thanks and Giving!

Well, now that the dust has settled and we’ve had time to catch our breath, it’s time for a (very) long overdue Giving Garden post!  We didn’t get the opportunity to thank everyone at the opening so here it is!

What started out as a very small garden with a modest budget generously granted to us by the Pictou County Community Health Boards, quickly grew into a massive undertaking when with the help of the Town of New Glasgow who assisted us with the application and donated the land, we received an additional $13,000 grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Being that the funds given to us were part of the 150 Forward fund in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, we set ourselves a very ambitious deadline of Canada Day. That gave us just 4 weeks from the time we received the good news until the deadline to turn the space behind the Market building from drab to fab! We had our Community Garden committee made up of a few dedicated volunteers to get things going. We had a huge task…with very rocky ground!

Armed with funds, big dreams and lofty goals, we set out on our mission.  Each week, a group of volunteers who are also vendors came out to get to work.

In addition to these volunteers, there are a number of contributors we would like to thank for their kindness and generosity for helping us to reach our goals and stay on budget.

Firstly, we would like to thanks our partners who we already mentioned above. To the Pictou County Community Health boards for their generous contribution who believed in our vision and started the ball rolling on this project with their investment.  Secondly, to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage who granted us the financing to make our end goal achievable in just one summer. And last, but not least, to the Town of New Glasgow for their in kind donations of land and resources and who submitted the application for funding to the Province on our behalf.

Next, we would like to make a couple of special mentions. Kenny Lim and his team from Murray Lim concrete poured the beautiful new concrete pad at the back of the building.  Kenny took the time to listen, got the big picture and made sure we had the pad that would give us the most for our dollars.  They made time for us in their busy summer schedule and kept us on ours.  Due to their hard work, you will have an outdoor classroom and beautiful space to enjoy for years to come.

Charles Champagne, who saved the day with his machinery.  Charles came out in his spare time (he’s also a farmer so there’s not much of that) and helped us move dirt and gravel. Without his help, there’s no way we would have made our deadline.  We would have still been digging into the rock today if it weren’t for him!

Colin and Bob, aka the new Dynamic Duo.  Colin and Bob put a significant amount of time into the garden.  Colin designed the garden’s layout and built all the wooden structures as well as the three colorful picnic benches you can enjoy every Saturday. Bob and Colin were there every single day and put in some very long hours.  In fact, Bob still waters the garden every morning until we can get a long term plan in place!

We purchased plants from West River Greenhouses. Farmer Bob spent time with us picking the right plants for the right locations and making sure we had what we needed.

Central (now Kent) Building Supplies who gave us a break on painting supplies for our patio furniture.

We’d also like to thank Nature’s Nook and Kranny, who after they heard one of our plants went missing, donated new shrub to replace it.

We kept our dollars as local as we could and shopped with many local businesses to keep the money in our community. The Adirondack Chairs came from Market vendor Paul Judge and were painted by volunteers. You will also find birdhouses from youth vendor Samuel Thompson of Samco Creations.

This year, we concentrated on getting plants in. There’s not a ton of variety but we have been able to give away what little we’ve harvested. We have some broccoli and cauliflower coming along and next year, things will get bigger and better!

It makes our hearts happy to see people enjoying the garden, not only during Market, but also during the week.  A relaxing place to sit back and enjoy the view of the river to talk with friends or just for silent reflection.  We still have a  few finishing touches to go. We have a sign coming and a bench and some other odds and ends too.

After that, the next steps will be coming up with a long term plan for maintenance and distribution of any harvest we have. We will be looking for assistance from community groups for help with this in the coming months.  Some of our fundraising efforts will help with maintenance of the garden. If you’d like to contribute you can always buy 50/50 tickets at the welcome table each week, attend our fundraising events etc…all of the proceeds from these things to to help the Market and initiatives like the garden.

We’d like to thank the following volunteer vendors who spent their time to help install the garden (hopefully we’ve remembered everyone):

Bob & Christine, Petite Riviere Winery

Colin & Adam, Knotty Acres

Niki, Sweetheart Farms

Megan, Marshdale Farms

Dionne, Art by Dionne

Nelson, MacD’s Bees

Sarah & Brian, Sunny Cove Honey

Conny, The Natural Edge

Melissa & Al, Handcrafted by Melissa

Janice, The Cupcake Lady

Rachael Robitaille & David

Gizele Mitchell

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Opening Day- Canada 150, July 1, 2017

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Exciting News Growing Your Way!

The Giving Garden

We are very excited to announce that construction is about to begin on a very special garden space at the Market! You can find the press release here.

A community garden of sorts has been on our wishlist for a number of years, right behind a year round building. Now that we have a  year round home, it’s time to start pursuing our other goals. Initially, the garden was to be a space behind the dome, a tiered garden.

We were very excited to announce earlier this year that we received a generous $3000 grant from the Pictou County Community Health Board towards the project.

Just recently, we found out that our garden project was a recipient of a 150 Forward Fund grant in the amount of $14,000, with $1,000 of that amount committed to Canada150 celebrations at the Market on July 1st.

This is huge. This budget means we can do so much more for the garden. We can have a larger impact on our community and sooner than expected. Thanks to the generosity and partnership of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of New Glasgow  and the Pictou County Community Health Board,  this project will reach completion this year, rather than in phases as originally planned.

The Goal of the Giving Garden

Why the Giving Garden? This is not a community garden in the sense where everyone gets plot of land to grow because quite simply, there isn’t enough space.  The Market is about produce and good food and nutrition, yes. However, we believe in whole health and wellness. Mind, body and soul. We want the garden to contribute and “give” to all of these things in our community and for years to come. We can give in many ways and that’s why we chose to call it the Giving Garden.

For the Mind and the Soul

The garden will have a concrete patio which will last for many years. During Market this will be a place you can take your food, coffee or snack to sit and relax riverside and socialize with friends and neighbours. However, the patio will also double as an outdoor classroom. In future, we hope to offer programs on gardening or other workshops, the possibilities are really endless.

The garden will also have a space for quiet reflection, surrounded by flowers overlooking the river for those that are looking for a quiet space.

We will be able to start a youth program. With our community, we will be able to teach our youth how to grow starting from seed and then they can transplant their plants into the raised beds when it comes time.

For the Body

Of course we will have raised beds, including a wheelchair accessible area. We will be able to plant fruits and vegetables. The rest of the garden will include as many edible plants and flowers as possible. The bounty will then be given back to the community in a yet to be determined process.

We are hoping once everything is built and ready to go, that there will be community groups that will be willing to come in and help us maintain and work the garden. Gardening after all, is good for the soul!

We will also be able to connect the existing Pioneer Trail to the rest of the New Glasgow Riverside by improving the section behind the Market building.

We have a volunteer group comprised of our dedicated farmers and garden enthusiast vendors who are diligently planning, designing and ready to build and plant. Our goal is to have it all ready to unveil to you this July 1st, on Canada’s 150th birthday! We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony among other activities and you will be able to visit the Giving Garden!

We hope that once built, the garden will keep giving for years to come.

We will keep track of our progress and you can follow along as the space transforms. We will also be looking for friends of the garden as we are looking for materials to build and then later maintain.

Once again, we are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The Market also recognizes the significant, on-going partnership with the Town of New Glasgow who worked with us and generously donated the land behind the Market to us and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.

It takes a community to grow a garden and a garden to grow a community!

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Press Release

Here’s a look at the space before, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with progress photos as we always do!

 

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Press Release: New Glasgow Farmers Market to Unveil New Community Space for Canada Day

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New Glasgow Farmers Market to Unveil New Community Space for Canada Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Glasgow, NS – The New Glasgow Farmers Market will begin construction on a new garden space set to be completed July 1st in time for Canada Day and Canada150 celebrations.

The project, called “The Giving Garden”, is a multi-faceted project aimed at contributing to Health and Wellness in the community.  The Giving Garden is aimed at making a positive contribution to nutrition, mental health and agricultural education in our community.

The area, located behind the year round Market building, will have a deck that patrons can use during Market hours but can also serve as an outdoor classroom where workshops can be held. There will also be a garden space, including a wheelchair accessible area, where fruits and vegetables will be grown.  Once in full operation, the bounty will be given back to the community through a yet to be determined process. The space will also allow the possibility to run future programs including but not limited to a program aimed at introducing youth to gardening and growing. There will be a reflection area designed for relaxation and the project will also include recreation by connecting to the Pioneer Trail behind the Market building.

The New Glasgow Farmers Market recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. The Market also recognizes the significant, on-going partnership with the Town of New Glasgow and the important contribution of the Pictou County Community Health Board to this community project.

New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says the New Glasgow Farmers Market has become a community gathering place and source of community pride. “We are very proud of the work and continued growth of the New Glasgow Farmers Market and what it as meant for our region. The Giving Garden and all of the new opportunities it will offer is an example of what may be achieved from empowering and engaging the community. The Town recognizes the important role a farmers market plays in supporting local food and sustainable growth. This is another step in increasing programs, activities, products and services that facilitate healthy lifestyle options.

“The Town of New Glasgow is pleased to once again partner with the New Glasgow Farmers Market on this Canada150 Garden Project.  The project demonstrates a proactive plan for bringing the local and regional community together while celebrating diversity and inclusion. It’s about bringing community together and this kind of community activity is one of the most powerful tools we have to help build our families and neighbourhoods.” says Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development for the Town of New Glasgow.

The unveiling and ribbon cutting will take place at the New Glasgow Farmers Market on Canada Day, July 1st during the Market’s Canada150 Bash.

 

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Contact Information:

 Kristi Russell, Market Manager

New Glasgow Farmers Market

261 Glasgow St., New Glasgow-

902-754-9114

ngfarmmarket@gmail.com