Welcome to the 2017 VVBMCG!
You are all asked to join us at that time. We need as many people as possible, as there is lots of work to be done to start the season.
Please bring with you:
- garden tools (ie. rakes, shovels)
- wheel barrow (if possible)
- water bottle, snacks
- chairs/blankets to sit on
We will celebrate the start of our gardening season by ordering a pizza lunch.
For NEW gardeners interested in joining the VVBMCG: Registration for the 2017 VVBMCG will be held online during the last week in April/first week in May. Interested new gardeners should send an email to the VVBMCG account, and you will be contacted with details about the registration process.
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The garden area, behind Bishop Murray High School, was originally an elementary school park. As the school was converted to a high school, the park was under utilized and lacked amenities despite being one of the largest green spaces in the neighbourhood. “it is such a gem of a space,” says founder and Committee Chair James Perkins. “To have a large, free, green space in an older neighbourhood is one of a kind opportunity to better engage community, schools and students on a meaningful level.”
The project gained momentum in 2009 as the VVCA approached the greater Saskatoon Catholics school board with a proposal to develop a garden space and orchard for shared use between community members and student of Bishop Murray High School. By spring 2010, plans were finalized and 70 plots dug with experienced community gardeners such as Don Ragush leading the way. City Councillor Charlie Clark, garden supporter and councillor for the area, “when it was time for shovels to hit the ground, it was awesome to see people flooding to the garden to help out from all corners of the neighbourhood and city to make it happen.” The group also constructed 20 raised beds with the help of Bishop Murray Students.
The garden now includes 124 plots and hosts 60 gardening families, community and educational groups including students from the Public and Separate school systems as well as children form White Buffalo Youth lodge. Don Ragush, a nurse practitioner with White Buffalo and organizer of their involvement adds, “seeing kids enjoy their first garden pea is very rewarding. They are always eager to help out when we visit.”
Individuals interested in gardening can contact the VVBMCG by email.
Rebekah Bennetch – Registrar
James Perkins – Chair, VVCA Program Representative
Thomas Hickey – Bishop Murray High School principal