Annual Community Re-Planting of City Hall Edible Garden

On Tuesday June 2 at 11:30 a.m., the public are invited to bring small shovels and join Our Place Society at the annual community re-planting of the Small Steps Edible Garden in Centennial Square. For the third consecutive year, the City of Victoria is partnering with Our Place Society, whose staff, family members and volunteers will plant, maintain and harvest vegetables and herbs to make meals for its lunch program.

Seedlings will be provided by the City and will include oregano, kale, rainbow chard, broccoli, basil, dill, red cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes. Sunflowers will be planted to provide colour and food in the garden. Existing plants in the edible garden include large artichoke, fig trees, goumi berries, chives and thyme.

What:                Annual community re-planting of the edible garden

When:               Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where:              Centennial Square, next to City Hall

In 2009, the City of Victoria partnered with the LifeCycles Project Society to establish the first edible demonstration garden, converting a traditional flower bed outside of City Hall into a garden bed of edible plants to demonstrate its support for growing food in the city.

Urban gardening provides communities with a direct link to food production, empowers residents to produce fresh, local fruits and vegetables for their families and friends, promotes nutrition, and helps decrease our carbon footprint by reducing the fossil fuels used in the transportation of goods.  This summer, the City will be working with the community to identify more opportunities to grow food in the city.  The planting of the Small Steps Edible Garden will be a tangible first step in this process.

Our Place Society is a non-profit community service provider for the disadvantaged and homeless of Greater Victoria.  From its Pandora Avenue location, Our Place Society runs a variety of life changing services, including housing, health and wellness, education, practical care, and offers up to 2,000 meals per day.
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