A new chapter for Fernwood’s permaculture garden

›› Ashley Medema

If you’ve walked by Spring Ridge Commons on Chambers Street lately, you’ve seen that the space is bursting with life. Much of the beautiful greenery are edible and medicinal plants that all are welcome to harvest. With all the growth of spring and summer, this is a great time to get involved with the Commons.

At a public meeting at the Fernwood Community Centre on April 28th, neighbours and friends of the Commons came together to discuss how to support the long-term sustainability and vitality of the site. The meeting is part of a resurgence of volunteer energy to bring a greater level of coordination and cooperation to the maintenance of Spring Ridge Commons.

Participants started planning and organizing around outreach and volunteering, design, maintenance, and fundraising. The meeting brought out new and existing volunteers with invaluable skills and energy, and more brains and hands are very welcome to join these efforts.

Spring Ridge Commons is one of the oldest community food forests and permaculture gardens in North America. The Commons is a local treasure, but this hub for learning, culture, and food security requires community support to thrive.

Feel free to attend “Bee in the Garden” any Sunday from 1:30-3:30pm, where fresh tea from the Commons is served with good company. Bring your gloves and a favourite weeding tool if you’d like to dig in, or just come and visit. The Commons is located on Chambers Street between Gladstone and Pembroke.

Please ask about joining the email list when you attend, as fresh minds and willing hands are always needed to help build the future of this unique urban oasis.

The Commons is a special place for community gathering and for sharing hands-on knowledge about permaculture and ecological food-growing practices. It is also a great example of how to incorporate permaculture into an urban setting.

Learn more about upcoming meetings and events on the Spring Ridge Commons Facebook page, or on the website at springridgecommons.ca. Come help “Spring the Commons” into action!