Although our new greenhouse is yet to be built, greenhouse volunteers have been busy starting plants at home and using donated backyard greenhouses once the plants are potted up. We plan to sell herbs and some greens at Island Roots Indoor Farmers’ Market http://www.islandrootsmarket.com/ at Pleasant Valley Hall on Wed., April 6, and Wed., May 4.
Also, we are going to try selling our usual selection of seeds from our site at Beban Park, every Wednesday from 10am to noon.
On April 23, we will be selling both seeds and plants at the Wild Foods Festival from 11am to 3:30 in Bowen Park.
Our greenhouse fund recently received a big boost in the form of a $40,000 grant from the Federated Co-operatives Limited Community Spaces program. We were in the running to win an extra $25 000 from Community Spaces but lost by a narrow margin. Thanks to all those who voted for our cause! The greenhouse fund will be used to build our new greenhouses in Beban Park. We recently signed a 10-year lease with the City of Nanaimo for space in the park and this new grant combined with the Volunteers in Parks grant of $25 000 from the City means we can start the next phase of the project.
We are happy to announce that the Nanaimo Foundation recently approved our grant application and we received $15 000 for this year and will receive the same amount in 2017. Thank you very much, Nanaimo Foundation!
Our Building Committee has put a deposit on a greenhouse from B
W Greenhouse in Abbotsford.
A site plan has been drawn up.
The lawn-bowling green has been filled and rolled ready for construction. (See photo.)
After 15 years at the RDN greenhouses off Hammond Bay Rd. we have moved to our new site. Volunteers are looking forward to doing a limited amount of gardening in Spring 2016, as construction will hopefully be underway.
Help us build our new greenhouses! Learn more about the new site we’ve chosen and how we’re going to get there.