Riverdale Community Planning Team celebrating second salad bowl garden season

Community Aug 17, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Riverdale Community Planning Team is celebrating another salad bowl garden harvest.

The team is holding a special event to mark the second season and opening of the garden on Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

The event will feature guest speakers, food and is open to everyone.

Chair Franca Rapino says attendees will get a chance to see what’s been done in the garden so far.

“Everybody also will get the opportunity to pick something from the garden to take home,” she said.

Team members, city officials, Green Venture representatives, volunteers and residents celebrated the grand opening of the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden last summer.

All were instrumental in getting the 6,375-square-foot, 12-plot fruit, vegetable and herb garden up and running.

The project had been in the making for more than two years, having sprouted out of a need to grow food security in the Riverdale neighbourhood, specifically access to fresh, organic produce.

The need was identified through consultation with area residents and outlined in a Neighbourhood Action Plan developed by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

Rapino said the garden is more bountiful this season, thanks to continuing support from the city and community in terms of funding and plant donations.

It includes more plots, along with patio stones to help with accessibility, two benches and two picnic tables, she said.

“The harvest is really good this year; we’ve got a little bit of everything,” Rapino said. “There were plans for three fruit trees – two apples and one pear – but they didn’t get planted early enough this season to survive the winter, but they’ll be put in next year.”

Rapino said the garden is in need of more hands to help with weeding, watering and general upkeep.

“We’ve had some pretty extreme weather – it’s been very hot and humid – which has been hard for volunteers,” she said. “We’ve also lost some volunteers who have moved away. Any additional people we can get to help out would be great.”

Rapino said she’s looking forward to seeing both old and new residents in the garden this season.

Everybody’s welcome, she said.

“The garden’s really all about and for the community,” Rapino said. “It’s a place where members can come together and volunteering in the garden is a great way to spend a little time outdoors and get to know other residents in the community…it’s a win-win.”

For more information about the garden and how to get involved, contact Rapino at 905-516-8632 or Muneeb Muzaffar at 905-522-1148 ext. 131, mmuzaffar@sprc.hamilton.on.ca.

Riverdale Community Planning Team celebrating second salad bowl garden season

Community Aug 17, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Riverdale Community Planning Team is celebrating another salad bowl garden harvest.

The team is holding a special event to mark the second season and opening of the garden on Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

The event will feature guest speakers, food and is open to everyone.

Chair Franca Rapino says attendees will get a chance to see what’s been done in the garden so far.

“Everybody also will get the opportunity to pick something from the garden to take home,” she said.

Team members, city officials, Green Venture representatives, volunteers and residents celebrated the grand opening of the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden last summer.

All were instrumental in getting the 6,375-square-foot, 12-plot fruit, vegetable and herb garden up and running.

The project had been in the making for more than two years, having sprouted out of a need to grow food security in the Riverdale neighbourhood, specifically access to fresh, organic produce.

The need was identified through consultation with area residents and outlined in a Neighbourhood Action Plan developed by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

Rapino said the garden is more bountiful this season, thanks to continuing support from the city and community in terms of funding and plant donations.

It includes more plots, along with patio stones to help with accessibility, two benches and two picnic tables, she said.

“The harvest is really good this year; we’ve got a little bit of everything,” Rapino said. “There were plans for three fruit trees – two apples and one pear – but they didn’t get planted early enough this season to survive the winter, but they’ll be put in next year.”

Rapino said the garden is in need of more hands to help with weeding, watering and general upkeep.

“We’ve had some pretty extreme weather – it’s been very hot and humid – which has been hard for volunteers,” she said. “We’ve also lost some volunteers who have moved away. Any additional people we can get to help out would be great.”

Rapino said she’s looking forward to seeing both old and new residents in the garden this season.

Everybody’s welcome, she said.

“The garden’s really all about and for the community,” Rapino said. “It’s a place where members can come together and volunteering in the garden is a great way to spend a little time outdoors and get to know other residents in the community…it’s a win-win.”

For more information about the garden and how to get involved, contact Rapino at 905-516-8632 or Muneeb Muzaffar at 905-522-1148 ext. 131, mmuzaffar@sprc.hamilton.on.ca.

Riverdale Community Planning Team celebrating second salad bowl garden season

Community Aug 17, 2016 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Riverdale Community Planning Team is celebrating another salad bowl garden harvest.

The team is holding a special event to mark the second season and opening of the garden on Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the park adjacent to Lake Avenue Elementary School.

The event will feature guest speakers, food and is open to everyone.

Chair Franca Rapino says attendees will get a chance to see what’s been done in the garden so far.

“Everybody also will get the opportunity to pick something from the garden to take home,” she said.

Team members, city officials, Green Venture representatives, volunteers and residents celebrated the grand opening of the Riverdale Community Salad Bowl Garden last summer.

All were instrumental in getting the 6,375-square-foot, 12-plot fruit, vegetable and herb garden up and running.

The project had been in the making for more than two years, having sprouted out of a need to grow food security in the Riverdale neighbourhood, specifically access to fresh, organic produce.

The need was identified through consultation with area residents and outlined in a Neighbourhood Action Plan developed by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.

Rapino said the garden is more bountiful this season, thanks to continuing support from the city and community in terms of funding and plant donations.

It includes more plots, along with patio stones to help with accessibility, two benches and two picnic tables, she said.

“The harvest is really good this year; we’ve got a little bit of everything,” Rapino said. “There were plans for three fruit trees – two apples and one pear – but they didn’t get planted early enough this season to survive the winter, but they’ll be put in next year.”

Rapino said the garden is in need of more hands to help with weeding, watering and general upkeep.

“We’ve had some pretty extreme weather – it’s been very hot and humid – which has been hard for volunteers,” she said. “We’ve also lost some volunteers who have moved away. Any additional people we can get to help out would be great.”

Rapino said she’s looking forward to seeing both old and new residents in the garden this season.

Everybody’s welcome, she said.

“The garden’s really all about and for the community,” Rapino said. “It’s a place where members can come together and volunteering in the garden is a great way to spend a little time outdoors and get to know other residents in the community…it’s a win-win.”

For more information about the garden and how to get involved, contact Rapino at 905-516-8632 or Muneeb Muzaffar at 905-522-1148 ext. 131, mmuzaffar@sprc.hamilton.on.ca.