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If you loved the seed planting that SAMRU’s Sustainability Centre hosted during Exam Relief week in April, then why not take the next step and check out the Community Garden?
Led by the Sustainability Center and the Community Garden teams, there are plenty of chances to get involved with the garden, grow your own fresh local food, meet other people, learn sustainable food skills, and embrace the benefits of local food networks and community gardens. All of the Community Garden programs are open to MRU staff, students, faculty, and alumni.
Get a taste of the garden through weekly garden tours. Every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. the garden teams will take interested participants on garden tours and share how the garden is doing and how it’s helping to grow food… and community! Meet up at the Sustainability Centre on the second floor of Wyckham House at 11:30 a.m. with your lunch and from there we’ll head down to the garden. If the garden is starting to produce fresh food – you’ll also get a sample to munch on with your lunch or to take home. If weather isn’t favorable for a garden visit, stay in the centre, enjoy your lunch, and some good conversation with our gardeners.
Want to get your hands dirty?
If you have been hooked by the idea of growing your own food and just need a little help to get your green-thumb growing, come to the garden weekly work parties. We’ll have experienced gardeners there to help out, give advice, and guide activities as needed. Community Garden Work Parties are every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Please bring your own sunscreen, gloves, water, and a snack and come to pitch in with the garden! Like you found out during Exam Relief, digging around in the earth can be very relaxing and is great stress-relief after a busy work day!
Join the garden!
If you’re devoted to the Community Garden and want to join in – please join us! Volunteers are always needed for regular garden tasks and help with our programs. As a Community Garden member you’ll benefit with guidance and advice, a chance to garden right here on campus, and an opportunity to take home some of what the garden produces throughout the season. Along with growing your own food, and a great garden community, you’ll also be able to shape the garden for upcoming seasons too!
Learn more about the Community Garden >> http://www.samru.ca/supportservices/sustainability/
Check out photos from the Community Garden >> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151820583048885.1073741828.149471778884&type=3
Add some of the garden events to your own calendar >> http://www.samru.ca/events/category/events/
– By Dawn Linnemoller, Editor & Content Coordinator, SAMRU