“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” -Chief Seattle, 1855
Mayor Steve Clarke planting some seeds to help fill out our gardens.
When we connect, we get things done. Important things, like building the policies and programs that benefit our community and its residents.
On Thursday May 14th, from 5:30-730pm the Orillia FOOD Council in partnership with the Orillia Community Gardens and the City of Orillia, are hosting a free public forum on the Creation of a Community Garden Policy for the City of Orillia. The community is invited and encouraged to attend and learn about the progress between the community and city officials towards promoting and enabling healthy food production.
Below is a request to form a “Community Garden Policy Working Group”
Dear Mayor and Council,
On behalf of Orillia Community Gardens (OCG), following community consultations and recommendations gathered at the Orillia Food Council’s Food Democracy event on February 22nd 2015, we request your support and collaboration in the creation of a “Community Garden Policy Working Group”.
Continue reading the letter to Mayor and Council
Spring is finally here. It’s time to celebrate! This exciting, all-ages event, in partnership with the Orillia Youth Centre as part of Orillia National Youth Week, is one you won’t want to miss!
Wednesday May 6th 3-6 pm at High Street Park Community Garden (behind Brian Orser Arena)
- Planting of garden beds (seeds and tools provided, no experience necessary)
- Orientation for new gardeners (come prepared to get dirty)
- Food – zero waste potluck – bring a small, healthy contribution if you can (BYObowls/cutlery)
- At 5 pm, we’ll pause to hear from long-time community gardeners and local dignitaries as we kick off the new growing season
The weather forecast is looking amazing for our special event, 21 degrees and sunny, so lets all get out, make some new friends, and help grow our community! See you there!
Sign up on Facebook for this event (or just show up, it’s ok).
Learn more about High Street Park Community Garden.
The 5th Annual Orillia Seedy Saturday will bee growing on Saturday April 4th, during the Orillia Farmer’s Market, from 7:30-12:30. Bee there!
The seed exchange portion of the event will run mostly between 9-12:30pm. Bring your saved seeds to share and exchange, connect with local gardeners and learn about the Orillia Seed Library.
Look out for informative displays and collaborating community groups as we grow Orillia! Interested in setting up an seedy info display get in touch!
The Orillia Seed Library, which is permanently housed within the Orillia Public Library, will have seeds available for ‘loan’ from the community and will be accepting donations or ‘returns’ of seeds that day. Come and learn about this a-maize-ing community project!
Matchbox Seed & Garden Co. (http://www.matchboxgarden.ca/#!) will be on hand vending their quality local seed collection, and local gardening experts will bee near to answer any gardening related question you may have!
Stay tuned for future updates regarding future gardening and seed growing workshops! If you’d like to lead a gardening or seed growing workshop, please get in touch with us at email@example.com .