Community garden a go in Fort St. John

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Photo: (L-R) Nita Abbi, Emily Goodman and Michelle Shaeffer present their plans for a community garden in Fort St. John at Monday’s City Council meeting – Christine Rumleskie/


By Christine Rumleskie

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Gardeners in Fort St. John will get a chance to stretch their green-thumbs this summer.

That’s because the City is backing the Food Security Committee’s plan to set-up a community garden.

Emily Goodman, Nita Abbi and Michelle Shaeffer presented the idea at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Abbi works with the Northern Health Authority as a Population Health Dietician. She says a community garden has many benefits for residents.

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The Food Security Committee has secured $20,000 in funding from the Early Childhood Development ‘Success by Six’ Committee and Children First Initiative.  The Alliance Church is temporarily donating land for the garden, which will be located at 100th Street at the North Bypass Road.

What’s unique about the idea is that the produce will be portable, and not planted on the donated land. The idea is to plant seeds in used containers like old recyling bins.

Councilor Larry Evans says he likes the idea that produce can be relocated to a household in the colder months.

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Around 50% of the garden plots will be designated for low-income families in Fort St. John.  The remaining plots will be available to the general public.  The land will be fenced off to ensure wildlife doesn’t get in.

Councilors voted unanimously on Monday to install two water tanks at the garden site, and to refill them when necessary.  The total cost to the City for providing the service will be $3,720.

For more information on the community garden contact the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society at 250-787-1121.

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