Who’s Up For the Challenge?

Another peak season has arrived at our doorstep. As the weather warms and your farmers crops grow, the Market is bustling with that familiar laughter and neighborhood chatter.

This Saturday, we are proud to open our for our 10th peak season! As many of you know, the Market has evolved so much over the last 10 years, it’s pretty amazing!

Last year, we were thrilled to be able to build the Giving Garden. While the Giving Garden committee is hard at work making plans for the growing part, the other important part of the space is the patio which we hoped to turn into an outdoor classroom of sorts. We envisioned all kinds of things out there that all community members and visitors could access, tying into our vision of whole health and wellness.

We have been working on it! We have approached our vendors and some of our community organizations and friends of the Market. We challenged them…we really wanted to offer experiences at no charge in an effort to make them accessible for everyone regardless of situation and take cost out of the equation. We believe that everyone should have a chance to join in activities at the Market. So the deal was, if you are willing to join the cause and offer your service for free or at cost, then we will give you the space at no cost.

Because our community is amazing and believes in this project as much as we do, they were very generous and hopped on board to donate their time. They really saw this as a chance to make this something amazing, and we thank them for helping us get the ball rolling!

We are proud to tell you that as a result, we have some fabulous things coming up on garden patio. In future, you just need to look at the chalkboards for information on what’s coming up as well as our weekly poster that is published on Facebook weekly.

Coming up this Saturday, May 19th at 10:30am, local author Sarah Butland will be on the patio to give a reading.

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Reading at the Market Giving Garden at 10:30am, May 19th

June 16th

On June 16th we are very pleased to welcome Rachael MacLean and Raina McDonald to host yoga classes, free of charge!

Rachael is kindly hosting a free kids yoga class from 9 until 9:30am and then at

10-11am
A free all-levels yoga experience with Raina.
A restorative yet activating space to listen to your body and soul while strengthening and opening. Elements of gentle flow, breath and guided meditation…riverside!
Bring your mat and dress in comfy layers.

market yoga  Raina Yoga

This is just the beginning we have dates yet to be set but in the works are other exercise opportunities, a crochet/knit class and perhaps a flower arranging class or two.

Now here’s the challenge to you! We have lots of dates up until the end of October…we invite artisans & makers, musicians, fitness instructors, nutritionists, gardeners/garden clubs, authors, farmers, painters, poets, massage therapy, kids activities, you get the idea….come out and share your knowledge, lead a workshop, share what you know, teach others. The deal is the same, if you offer your service for free or at cost, you can have the space at no cost to you. You just need to contact us, throw your idea out there, we know there are lots of great ideas. We can work together to figure it out and  we’ll find a date and we can help you with registration as needed. Local, grass-roots organizations welcome, this is also a good time to give out information for your services.

This truly is for the community, by the community to better the community. Be part of the big picture, meet new friends and neighbours and you might just learn something in the process!

PS if you have spare yoga mats in good condition that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to the welcome table at the Market. We will keep them out side every Saturday for anyone that wishes to use them during Market hours.

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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What we Started With

 

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Week 2

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Opening Day- Canada 150, July 1, 2017

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