Kitchen Garden

Fernwood NRG is committed to urban sustainability. To date, we have been able to manifest this commitment through several environmental initiatives:

  • We installed a geothermal heating system in the Cornerstone Building, as well as thermal windows and dual-flush toilets in the Cornerstone Apartments
  • We installed solar hot water heating and an edible landscape at Park Place Apartments, along with thermal windows and dual-flush toilets
  • We operate the Good Food Box (an urban food security program) which provides affordable access to local and regional high quality produce for people within the Capital Regional District
  • We are pursuing zero waste in our operations at the Cornerstone Cafe and at the Fernwood Community Centre, including regular composting, full recycling including special plastics
  • The Cornerstone Cafe to-go cups are compostable and are charged for to give an economic incentive to bring a travel mug
  • Fernwood NRG organizes the monthly recycling day for soft plastics, electronics and other hard-to-recycle items
  • We are a member of the MODO CarShare Co-op and use their vehicles for errands rather than having our own vehicle,
  • We have taken responsibility for Springridge Common, an urban permaculture demonstration,
  • Fernwood NRG has installed a Kitchen Garden in front of the Fernwood Community Centre which our staff uses for meals within the centre,
  • In a partnership with the City of Victoria, the Community Orchard has been installed behind the Centre and is maintained by Fernwood NRG, and
  • We partner with ReFUSE Resource Recovery to make FernFest and Fernwood Bites near-zero waste events