Hill Street Community Garden takes root with strong local support

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April 19, 2010

The Hill Street Community Garden was officially created this weekend. Almost 100 local residents came together to build raised beds in this new citizen-led community garden. Local businesses were exceptionally generous, donating more than $6,500 worth of materials towards the project.

The Hill Street Community Garden was created to provide a community gardening opportunity in south-central Hamilton. Supported by a network of community partners, it builds on strong local interests to provide access to growing lands in order to improve food security, create a meeting space, promote health and education on gardening and food, encourage generosity, and beautify the neighbourhood.

Five local churches are partnering on this project: First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church (lead partner), St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Central Presbyterian Church, First Unitarian Church, and New City Church. The Kirkendall, Strathcona and Durand neighbourhood associations have also endorsed the Garden.

The City of Hamilton facilitated the project by leasing the municipal site at low cost and providing guidelines for the raised beds. The City’s new Community Garden Policy should help facilitate new citizen-led gardens throughout the city, with the goal of enabling 5 new gardens each year on municipal sites.

Excellent community support from residents and local business enabled the Garden Coordination Team to overcome numerous hurdles along the way to this weekend’s successful launch. More than $6,500 worth of soil, lumber, landscape cloth, equipment rentals, and refreshments was donated, leaving only $1,945 yet to be raised. The registered gardeners and many local volunteers came out (despite Saturday’s weather) in a show of tremendous cooperation and good-will, putting into action values of civic participation and ecological stewardship in anticipation of Earth Day.

The Hill Street Community Garden would like to thank our generous sponsors: Gold-level soil suppliers: Millgrove Garden Supplies, Glanbrook Farms, and Piccioni Brothers Mushroom Farm; Bronze-level soil suppliers: Satellite Garden Depot, Hamilton Builders Supply, Hamilton Sod, Harper's Gardening Centre and Urban Green; Turkstra Lumber (lumber donations), Valleywood Landscape Maintenance (landscape fabric), Windmill Power Equipment (equipment rentals), Starbucks on Locke (coffee refreshments), and Homestead Christian Care (logistics support).

For more information about the Hill Street Community Garden, to view pictures of the garden raising, and to donate to this project, please visit http://hillstreetgarden.org

Contact: Crystle Numan, [email protected]