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John McLeod Community Garden

The John McLeod Community Garden is a program of the Shuswap Food Action Society in collaboration with the Shuswap Agricultural Association. Our intention is to create a garden space available to downtown Salmon Arm residents to increase household food security and to build local resilience. Our desire is to see a group of people within the surrounding area coming together to grow more of their own food AND develop friendships and camaraderie to assist each other in this effort.

The Garden’s name is in honour of John McLeod, past president of the Shuswap Food Action Society. John was a stalwart supporter of the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden, longtime member of the Environmental Advisory Committee and a key initiator of the Agricultural Advisory Committee. John’s advocacy for food security and food sovereignty as a part of official community plans is a large part of his legacy and one that we continue to work toward, including the creation of this Community Garden.

The physical address is 490 5th Ave SW, Salmon Arm, City land which is under lease by SAA. This collaboration has SAA providing the space and SFAS will provide the coordination and funding to create this new garden to support our goals and our mission to Build Community Around Local Food and to reduce barriers to residents in accessing healthy & affordable local produce. 

Where

Garden Location:

490 5 Ave SW

(South Fair Grounds – Log Building.)

When

Garden Hours:

Registered gardeners have access from dawn til dusk every day through the garden season:  March – November.

Registration is now open and continues to April 30, 2024.

Garden Plot Registration:

To register, you can do so with our online form.  Alternately, you may download the PDF file and print a physical copy to drop off to the Downtown Salmon Arm Farmer’s Market on Saturday April 6th, 13th or 20th. 

WHO

Program Contact:

Shuswap Food Action Society is collaborating with Shuswap Agricultural Association to create this garden space available to downtown Salmon Arm residents to increase household food security. Our desire is to see a community of people coming together to grow more of their own food AND develop friendships and camaraderie to assist each other in this effort.

How to Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to become involved, contact Melanie at projects@shuswapfood.ca!

We will need volunteers for the Garden build and thereafter for opportunities to teach garden and nutrition classes. Occasional events may be held which may benefit from volunteers.

Gardeners can join the private group

Project Updates

Planning for the levelling and hardscaping of the grounds is underway. Likely timeline April 9- 12

Currently in discussion with carpentry folks to build our communal raised beds and best plan for individual raised beds. Projected timeline April 8-15

Planning for materials to be in beds – Lasagne gardening style. Will need drop off of bagged leaves, smalll branches, and eventually, kitchen scraps. Projected Timeline May 1-4

Plan being generated for the gutters, water tote and irrigation system. 

Fencing being updated.

Projected Grand Opening June 1st

Wish List

  • Gutters – new or good condition used for our rain collection – Approximately 150′
  • Patio Tables and Chairs – can purchase a used set
  • Used tools: shovels, hand tools, fan rakes, watering cans, kneeling pads
  • Bags of leaves  – no pet matter
  • wood chips
  • Perennial herbs, veggies & flowers (divisions)
  • Tumbler composters

SPECIAL THANKS

Special thanks goes to our supporters, Shuswap Agricultural Association, Jazmyn Evans of Grow & Charge Horticultural Services and Adam Hatch from Hatch Works Landscaping. We also thank Eagle Homes for their sponsorship, Canoe Forest Products for donating wood cores and the McLeod family for their support through creating John’s memorial account.

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Logo of the Shuswap Agricultural Association featuring stylized mountain peaks above a green abstract community garden emblem.

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