Community Garden @Sydenham Street
Project Community Garden (PCG) is a student run project, which works in partnership with Sydenham Street United Church. PCG is completely volunteer run, and seeks to encourage participation from both Queen’s students and members of the Kingston community. 2014 was the first growing season on this 42ft by 21ft plot located on the front lawn of Sydenham Street United Church. The purpose of the Garden is to create a biologically productive and educational space in which Queen’s students and members of the Kingston community can learn about and engage in urban agriculture. In doing so, we seek to lessen the disconnect between us and our food and promote concepts of food sovereignty.
The Garden’s harvest is donated through Loving Spoonful to help provide healthy meals to individuals and families who might not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Our volunteers hope to contribute approximately 100lbs of produce through the Loving Spoonful’s “Grow a Row” program over the 2017 growing season – we are over half way there!
In 2017, a Small Group was formed to take a more active role in the production and upkeep of the Garden. We have been very active over the spring/summer months. Generally, spring time sees us grooming and planting the garden, and in summer/fall – weeding, watering, planting secondary crops, and harvesting. Fall will see us completing the harvest, cleaning up the space and preparing it for winter and for next year’s crops.
The Garden has proved to be a very rewarding initiative both for the community and for the people tending it – with the work being more therapeutic than arduous. If you would like to join us – please email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org on the front lawn of Sydenham Street United Church.