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When we talk to people on campus about our community garden, oftentimes their first reaction is, “…MRU has a community garden?”
Yes! Yes it does! It’s located in Student Residence East Court, and it looks like this:
Or it will, in about a month. The SAMRU community garden is…well, a community. There are no individual plots for sale – we all take care of it and we all reap the rewards together. If you want to be a “member,” you don’t have to shell out for a plot in the garden; you just have to introduce yourself and offer up whatever gardening skills you have, or be willing to learn from someone else. Not only do you get fresh produce and free gardening lessons out of the bargain, it’ll also give you a sense of pride in and ownership of your university campus. Seems like a pretty worthwhile way to spend a summer to me! (Also, there are parties.)
If you’re a shy little wallflower and don’t want to just march down to the garden with hoe and shovel in hand, get acquainted with the garden community first by attending a workshop or other event hosted by the garden. For instance, on June 1, join us in the garden for the Seedling Planting Party and help us transplant seedlings that’ve been growing in the greenhouse into the garden. It’ll be really fun! If you can’t make it, you can watch for upcoming events on the community garden page.
If you’d like to be involved but you’re not sure what kind of time you can commit to volunteering yet, you’re welcome to get in touch with our friendly neighbourhood Student Initiatives Programmer. She’s super friendly and will be able to answer any questions you might have about time commitment, tasks, accessibility or anything else garden related.
Don’t need any more convincing? Sign up to volunteer! Once you’ve signed up to volunteer through the Better Impact system, click on Casual to see all the different types of garden volunteer work available and sign up for any that interest you.
Garden Seedling Planting
Thursday, June 1, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Student Residence East Court