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The Nelson Community Food Centre Garden

The Nelson Community Food Centre Garden is a little urban farm where vegetables are grown for our Good Food Bank and Food Skills programs. It is one more way we are trying to address community food security from many angles – people of low incomes have access to fresh, organic produce; we’re growing the produce instead of buying vegetables trucked in from elsewhere; and gardeners are learning valuable skills.

Under the guidance of a garden coordinator, gardeners plant, care for and harvest vegetables, berries and herbs. Gardeners come from any of the food centres other three programs, and the general public. They claim the gardening experience is beneficial to their physical and mental health, appreciate having a way to give backd, and are excited about the new skills they are acquiring.

Check out our calendar for ongoing garden programming

The garden is on the site of the former Grizzelle’s greenhouses on the corner of Ward and Hoover Streets, just four blocks from the the Community Food Centre’s “headquaters.” It’s a 9,000 square foot plot of land full of beans, squash, kale, raspberries, scallions, carrots, beets and much more.

The garden is also a veritable teaching ground. Students from LVR High School and Trafalgar Middle School have helped prepare the garden while learning about community food security and the food system. Younger children have enthusiastically visited the garden too.

This project is possible due to the support of many community partners including, Brooke and Sandi Leatherman, Columbia Basin Trust, Community Food Centres Canada, DDC Excavating, Eco-Habitat, Selkirk Irrigation and many more. Our garden is now closed for the season.