›› Brontë Elphick-Miner, Fernwood NRG Staff

This August, the Fernwood NRG gardens are going to be abuzz with activity! The busy bees at Fernwood NRG have been planning all sorts of fun activities to celebrate the peak of the growing season:

Community Garden Work PartiesAugust 11 & August 25

Have you been looking for a space to get your hands in the soil and engage with others who are interested in building community networks of food security? Fernwood NRG is hosting two more work parties this August where volunteers can help out with the gardens, share knowledge, and enjoy the snacks provided by our lovely chef Patrick. Work parties start at 5pm and run until 7pm. Volunteers meet in the basketball court behind the Fernwood community center (Fernwood NRG) near the Community Orchard. No gardening experience is necessary, everyone is welcome!

Fernwood NRG Native Flower Meadow

If you’ve been walking on the path between Gladstone Avenue and William Stevenson Park recently, you may have noticed some changes. This area is the site of a new native flower meadow that is being added to the Fernwood NRG gardens. By next spring, this 190m2 area, formerly populated by introduced grasses and weeds, will be a vibrant sea of native flora from Camas to Nodding onion. This garden is intended to act as an acknowledgment of the productive, vibrant, and complex food systems that have sustained and have been sustained by the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations and the W̱SÁNEĆ nations, Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout, on these lands since time immemorial.

If you have any questions about any of these projects or are interested in getting involved, you can email bronte@fernwoodnrg.ca