CGC has been awarded a grant from Tree Canada to plant more fruit and nut trees in the food forest area of the Cowichan Lake Community Garden. The food forest part of the garden runs along the north side of the garden and up and over the hill with meandering pathways through it all.
In the month of May there will be 3 free workshops for the public on Planting and Feeding Fruit and Nut Trees, Planting Fruit Tree Guilds and Planting a Small Food Forest. All workshops will be held at the Cowichan Lake Community Garden and will include a chance to plant the trees and fruit tree guilds. Stay tuned to our Upcoming Events page for dates and times.
Tree Canada’s funding partners for this project include: Telus, Loblaw and Silk.
The fencing of the entire community garden site was completed recently through the Island Health funded part of the project, so the food forest plantings will be happily protected from deer and elk. An amazingly generous donation from Saw Mill Sales Direct of 45 beautiful cedar fence posts, as well as a roll of fence wire from Buckerfields, and a donated truck run from Cam of Cedar Grove Roofing Supply made this fence a dream come true.
The community garden is now also under the fantastic care and leadership of a committee of volunteers in Lake Cowichan. They have adopted the garden and been having several planning meetings, running the Saturday work parties, and organizing more donations and more infrastructure such the pergola. They have managed to get a picnic table and shed donated. Rennie has also now built an amazing and unique composting structure that will serve to be a great educational demonstration site in the garden.
Stay tuned for the grand opening of the garden – it will amaze you to see what we’ve all accomplished!