If you’ve walked down Barclay Parade (3rd street SW) this spring/summer you’ve probably noticed the community garden between 5th and 6th avenue in downtown Calgary.
The small plots are a part of the Downtown Calgary Community Garden project, and the harvested food was donated Thursday morning to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab centre in an effort to feed Calgarians in need, while creating a more vibrant downtown atmosphere.
The project began in 2009, and since then it has worked to bring the community together around a common goal of growing vegetables and herbs in a downtown setting. Radishes, potatoes, mint, asparagus, carrots and more grew slowly but surely in the heart of Calgary’s downtown core.
Although the harvest was far from a bumper crop, the initiative is a symbolic reminder of a number of important social issues that Calgarians are faced with on a daily basis. Poverty, Environmental impact, Community spirit and Personal health are all issues that the garden hopes to shed light on.