Giving a big THANK YOU to Rick (http://ricksyardcare.ca/) for once again providing dozens of bags of good elm leaves to the Composting Project (the three compost bins near the north shed), they are always so much appreciated.
The Composting Project is run by the Compost Committee and new members are always welcome. If interested please contact us.
The official opening of the Grow Regina Co-op Community Gazebo designed by artist Victor Cicansky took place last weekend, Oct 2 2021 with the new paving stones and bench and all. Thanks again to all of our funders and volunteer work on this along the way.
The John Fagan award is a very special award given to a gardener who has contributed ‘over and above’ what is expected of a Board member or gardener and embodies the mandate and mission of Grow Regina in their actions and words: Promoting the social, economic and cultural well-being of others through community gardening, and: Teaches others how to garden.
Don has been involved with the garden since its opening. Don served on the board and actively worked to maintain the garden’s beauty by serving as garden inspector for many years. Don’s dedication to his own garden plot is unparalleled; he can be seen in the garden almost every day from April through September. Don greets everyone he meets in the garden and will will eagerly share his wisdom with anyone who has gardening questions.
Like the award’s namesake, Don has contributed ‘over and above’ what is expected of a Board member or gardener. It was our pleasure to present the 2021 John Fagan Award to Don Fenwick this year.
Got extra produce? Why not donate it to the Regina & District Food Bank! Bring you produce to the Co-op Community Gazebo at Grow Regina at 12 pm this coming Wednesday July 21st as we are collecting to make a drop-off that day.
You can also drop off fresh produce at 445 Winnipeg Street. There will be a drive-through drop off every Wednesday from 9-4pm.
The food will go into hampers, and also into fresh meals for students at Albert School. Any excess food will be dropped off in the community fridges.
Grow Regina would like to say a big thank you to Mike’s Independent Grocer for your thoughtful plant and seed donations you have provided for gardeners over the past couple years. Thank you for your support in helping to make our gardens grow.
Please provide the following information: name, plot number, phone number and email address. Also please mention the week which you would prefer to have your rototilling done. We will do our best to accommodate these requests. Our goal is to have all rototilling completed by the May long weekend, depending on the weather, of course.
Plowing for People accepts etransfer, which is our preferred method of payment. We are set up for automatic deposit, so you won’t need a code word. Please etransfer your payment to email@example.com
Rates for rototilling are as follows: 10’x10′ plot $20 10’x20′ plot $25 20’x20′ plot $35 20’x30′ plot $45
Plowing for People is a registered non-profit charity in the province of Saskatchewan. Our goal is to provide excellent service and garden rototilling at a reasonable price. All of our workers are volunteers and all profits go to charities chosen by the Board of Directors of Plowing for People. In 2020, our donation went to help bring a refugee family from South Sudan to Canada. This family is being sponsored by St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
The long-awaited “Co-op Community Gazebo”, designed by our own, world-renowned artist Victor Cicansky, is going to be installed this fall.
In fact, the first stage – the Gazebo’s foundation – will begin on Monday September 21st. It will be amazing to finally see this beautiful & functional piece of public art we have been fundraising and planning for over 12 years, finally realized.
The gazebo will not take up any existing garden space. It will be placed in the Center circle of the garden – that was the planned spot for this gazebo from the very beginning drawings when the garden was first planned.
Funding for this project did NOT come out of gardener fees. The majority of funding came from the Co-Op Community Spaces Grant for 90,000. We also received a donation from City Councillor and Lakeview Community member Bob Hawkins and his wife Marie-France for $5000 and a matching grant and separate donation from Lakeview Community Association for a total of $6000. And we got a grant from the City of Regina for $30,000 as well. So a big THANK YOU to all who have helped make this possible, including Yvette Crane who has lead the Gazebo fundraising and Project committee.
Here are some of the things you will need to know for the coming weeks:
1) Water will be turned off early this year. The City will be turning off the water on Thursday September 17th. Please do plan to water-in everything you need to – including any perennials, or if you have orchard trees – very well this weekend or early next week.
2) A Safety fence will be erected around the centre circle so you may find you have to get to your garden by a different route. Please stay safe and be mindful of any heavy equipment.
3) The GFL organics bin for your garden wastes will be re-located – likely to an area near the front of the garden. (Queen St.)
4) This may be a great year to plan to finish your harvest and clean-up early! Remember the deadline to have your garden completely cleaned out is Monday October 12th. That includes all boards, sticks, cages, structures etc. etc. Unless you request & have approval to leave a structure: https://growregina.ca/grow-regina-structure-approval-request/
Thank you everyone for a wonderful gardening season and we are so excited for the culmination of this project!