Ward 1 CAN

Community Action Network in Sudbury Ontario

Ward 1 Community Garden activities underway for 2014!

While spring in Sudbury seems slow to arrive, plans for the Ward 1 Community Garden at Delki Dozzi Park are in full swing. The Ward 1 Community Garden’s mission is to engage people of all ages and expertise in learning activities related to gardening.

 There are many ways people can get “growing” with us. Volunteers are needed to help set up, plant and care for the garden, and as Volunteer Coordinator Rayvin Nyte explains, “You can register as a volunteer and help out every week or a just a few times a month, or you can participate in workshop based activities”. 

As the cost of fresh food continues to rise, the importance of having accessible fresh vegetables increases. “Our community garden supports those who want to learn about gardening and it also makes fresh produce available to community residents” says project leader Colleen Zilio. “For example, a family can participate in and grow their vegetables for the summer at no cost.  For seniors and people living alone, the garden is a place that they can visit and pick just about whatever herbs or vegetables they need for a healthy meal”.
For those who wish to help others, the garden will participate in the Sudbury “Grow a Row” project. Specific raised beds will be designated and all the produce will be donated to the Sudbury Food Bank. You can do this at home too! Whether your vegetable garden is large or small, add an additional row, bed or plot and plant something extra and donate it to the food bank.
This season a variety of participatory workshops are scheduled. “This spring we will offer several workshops including ‘square foot gardening’ a technique that makes the most of every inch of the garden”, says volunteer and workshop leader Gerard Courtin. All workshops are free of charge and open to everyone.


Square Foot Gardening 1 - May 2014

Learn the practice of intensive planting for small gardens.

Square Foot Gardening 2 - May 2014

Learn the practice of succession planting for small gardens.


Shed Construction - June 2014

For a full schedule of garden activities in Sudbury this summer visit the Foodshed Project website http://www.foodshedproject.ca/. To register or find out more about the Ward 1 Garden visit our Facebook group at http://www.ward1garden.com/ or visit the Ward 1 Community Action Network website at http://www.ward1can.com/. For more information please contact the Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Rayvin Nyte at rayvin@rayvins.com.

Community Garden

At the Community Workshop, establishing a community garden was identified as a priority by participants. This project will create a place where people can grow food for themselves, for others in need and participate in activities to learn about food and organic gardening. Delki Dozzi Park was selected as the site. The garden will consist of raised beds and plots for rent, plots for growing foods for others and space for schools and group projects. A number of garden plots will be handicapped accessible. This spring we plan to build the first stage of the garden and welcome participation of people of all ages and gardening experience.

How can you get involved?

• Grow your own food. Sign up to rent a plot.

• Share your knowledge and expertise. We plan to offer and number of learning sessions. If you would like to share your area of expertise, or have an idea for a workshop, contact us.

• Volunteer to grow food for others in need.

• Operate the garden. Join the Ward 1 Garden Committee and develop the garden, plan and implement future expansions.

• Support the garden development. Make a financial contribution or lend us equipment, provide materials or other support.

Our Funding Partners: We are pleased to announce our first corporate funder; The Hickey & Svalina Wealth Management Group.  This project is also supported by the Delki Dozzi Playground Association.

Our in-kind supporting partners: Home Depot; The City of Greater Sudbury; Foodshed Project and Sudbury Food Connections Network; ICAN - Independence Center and Network; ZINC Projects; 3 E solutions; Simplified IT and JN Construction.

Contact us to sign up or get more information.

Email ward1garden@hotmail.com or call Colleen at 674 9962.