Here’s a “grassroots” Ottawa effort that’s easy to support. There’s an online auction underway right now to raise funds for McNabb Community Garden. The auction items are pretty attractive. They range from restaurant and theatre gift certificates to lovely gift baskets. Check them out!
The auction is live until Friday, May 22, and it will help grow this local volunteer initiative to start a community garden from the ground up. In the planning stages for three years, it will be located in the newly renovated McNabb Community Centre’s backyard park. The garden involves 16 family-run plots, with the possibility of more space availability through the City of Ottawa if this garden does well.
All money raised through the auction will go to the garden and to help families help themselves, says Tanya O’Connor, the garden’s assistant coordinator. “A lot of the people who have been on the waiting list are people who live nearby,” she explains. They include newly immigrated families and those who have lower incomes, so it’s a big deal for these folks “to be able grow their own veggies and herbs.”
There will be other benefits too. Tanya says this garden “is entirely organic, in raised beds and will be wheelchair accessible.
“We are planning on having it built by the end of June. Just Foods is our main supporter for building it, but we are reaching out for products such at three rain barrels, a composter and a shed.”
The Ottawa Tool Library has offered to help out with the building, and the group also has had some possible donations of soil and worms. If you’d like to contribute or lend your support, please contact Tanya.