Thirsty community gardens get $50,000 drink

In a city that is actively supporting community gardens as a way to grow healthy neighbourhoods and human relationships, there’s an ongoing thirst among green-thumb participants to ensure available, reliable water sources.
Three of those 28 Kitchener gardens have been carefully nurtured in the Victoria Park and Cherry Park neighbourhoods of my ward where, because of supply problems, there have been water-source issues.
At a time when produce prices are sky-rocketing, the Queen’s Green garden at Mitchell and Queen as well as two Willow Green gardens in Cherry Park are enthusiastically supported by inner-city residents, particularly newcomer families struggling to survive. In order for gardens to be sustainable and accessible to all participants, they obviously need a convenient source of water.
Which is why I recently supported a council move to budget $50,000 in 2016 that will either hook up gardens to city water mains or continue existing arrangements where water is supplied by nearby houses. In the latter case, Kitchener proposes to directly pay those participating homeowners for water used at gardens in Ward 9 and elsewhere in the city.
I was pleased to see gardeners from Queen’s Green and Cherry Park gardens among those who spoke at a budget meeting open to the public. Their enthusiasm and community spirit helped persuade councillors to approve that $50,000.
And, because of the low cost of achieving priceless neighbourhood benefits being actively supported by Kitchener, I hope councillors  increase our community-garden budget in future years.

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3 Responses to Thirsty community gardens get $50,000 drink

  1. Well done! We discussed this very issue at our Cherry Park Meeting last evening!

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  3. Maybe there could be some creative solutions to also capture rainwater for gardens to reduce reliance on municipal water. Our Guelph Street Garden has no water hook up and we were able to get through last summer without too much difficulty. We tracked the story of building the rainwater harvesting structure in 2014: https://guelphstreetgarden.wordpress.com/category/rainwater-collection-project/. I’m sure REEP would love to see more rain collection projects too!

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