What is the Community Garden Initiative?
The community garden initiative is a cooperation between SAMRU, MRU, and its surrounding communities, through the MRU Community Garden Steering Committee. The initiative began in 2010 when the Community Garden Association and partners on campus started working together to create a vision of sustainability through growth and gardening.
The community garden itself, located on the MRU campus in Student Residence East Court, is a unique space.Unlike most community gardens, which require a buy-in for a season and limit members to a single plot, the community garden is a communal endeavour; members are encouraged to treat it like their own garden. Normally we’d say, ‘drop in and volunteer any time you’re on campus’, but with COVID restrictions in place, we kindly ask for people to register first to volunteer, and once you are qualified to start, in return you’ll get to take home garden-fresh produce and greens. You’ll also have the chance to participate in collaborative projects like the ongoing horticultural therapy project. You might even have your own idea for a new initiative, and the community garden can help you make it happen. There’s no cost to getting involved, and there’s no limit to what you can do!
Working in the community garden is a great way to build your gardening skills, get to know great people, share tools and tips with experienced gardeners, and enjoy some fresh air.
Sign up to be a volunteer and reap the fruits (and veg) of your labour!
The community garden is open throughout the summer and runs normally until the end of September. Seed planting begins in early February in the MRU greenhouse located near east residence.
Harvest Party Date:
Friday September 18th: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
It’s once again that time of year! We’re wrapping up the community garden this week by offering a Harvest party that looks a bit different than previous years. Trained volunteers will sign up for harvest shifts. We’ll play some music, have some laughs, and get some harvest bounty prepped for students to request via google form, once we know what we have harvested, to offer. Supplies are limited, so please make your request asap once the link to the form goes up during the week of September 14th.
We’ll also be offering a craft to do via Google meet with one of the MRU Resident Advisors leading the workshop. If you’d like to make an herb garden to take you through the harsh winter months, all you’ll need is some kind of milk carton that you can repurpose, or a series of cardboard milk cartons to repurpose and label. We will offer a limited amount of seed and soil (and a few decorative supplies) to pick up in our SAMRU Services Hub (formerly Reception – Z 222). Craft with us on Friday! We’d love to see you there in the virtual realm. To sign up to do the craft, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday September 17th so we can send you the Google meet link.
MRU Student Community Garden Plots
Need a plot of the community garden for a class project coming up in the Spring? Sign up for one! It’s that easy. MRU Students doing a research or project for their class/program can apply for a plot in the MRU Community Garden.
Click the link to fill out the application form. You’ll also need to include a copy of your assignment description or course outline from your instructor. DEADLINE FOR 2021 Garden Plot use is May 1, 2021.
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