Time to Build our Garden!

Work Party Schedule for first 3 Weekends in June:

Please consider how you are able to be involved and RSVP to canmorecommunitygardening@gmail.com so we know how many hands will be on deck for each session!

Come ready to work! bring sturdy shoes, gloves, water, weather appropriate clothing.
Lunch will be provided!

Saturday June 4th 9am – 5pm : Fence Installation
Needed: 20 volunteers familiar working around machinery (bobcats) and with heavy lifting – fence posts/rolls of wire fencing.
     * Operating/guiding bobcats to dig fence post holes, dig wildlife trench, swale pathways and wicking bed bases.
     * pounding and tamping posts
     * trenching & burying wildlife apron
     * unrolling and fastening wire fencing
     * fixing braces

Sunday June 5th 10am – 4pm : Wood Treatment and Building Projects

Needed: 10 Volunteers to apply wood treatment to raised bed lumber
6 Volunteers to build water cistern stand, construct pedestrian gateTasks:
     * setting up tarps and work space
     * applying wood treatment to lumber with brushes
     * constructing water cistern stand
     * constructing and mounting pedestrian gate

Saturday June 11th  9am – 5pm : Communal Garden Permablitz!
Needed: up to 30 Volunteers for lots of lifting, hauling, shoveling, mounding, filling

     * fill swale pathways with weeping tile and wood mulch
     * form communal beds with logs
     * mound communal beds with displaced turf, mulch, compost, soil
     * erect greenhouse

Sunday June 12th 10am-4pm : Wicking Bed & Tool Shed Construction
Needed: 10 volunteers with construction skills to build wicking beds
               4-6 creative volunteers interested in building a toolshed out of up-cycled wood pallets!

     * constructing 15  8’x4′ wooden boxes for wicking beds
     * constructing tool shed 8’x8′ tool shed our of wood paletts…let’s get creative!

Saturday June 18th 10am -2pm – Wicking Bed Installation and Orientation
Needed:  15 Plot renters and any Volunteers keen to learn how a wicking bed is installed

     * level and install wicking bed reservoir
     * dig spillway
     * add raised bed wood box and fill with soil
Sunday June 19th 10am -2pm – Wicking Bed Installation and Orientation
Needed:  15 Plot renters and any Volunteers keen to learn how a wicking bed is installed

     * level and install wicking bed reservoir
     * dig spillway
     * add raised bed wood box and fill with soil

Invitation from HighLine Magazine! Join us on June 9!

You are invited to the following event:

“Know Your Neighbour” Night

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
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Jun 09, 2011 at 7:00 PM to
Jun 10, 2011 at 12:00 AM (MT)

Canmore Miner’s Union Hall
738 7 Street
Canmore, Alberta T1W 2C7

It’s a beautiful day in neighbourhood. A beautiful day for a neighbour… Bow Valley dwellers, old and new: Come together in harmony at the Canmore Miner’s Union Hall for the first ever Know Your Neighbour Night!   Join us for a celebration of the…
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Time to Build!

1) We need a truck(s) to transport the wire fencing from Calgary before June 3rd.  If you have a truck and will be in Calgary or are willing to make a trip, there are 2 rolls of 8′ x 3′ diameter.  One (and possibly both) should apparently fit in the back of a pickup.

2) We need scrap 2″x4″s in one foot lengths for the bracing in our wicking beds. if you have scrap lumber in your yard, or are connected to a construction site where some can be salvaged, please help us collect it.  we need approximately 60 x 1′ lengths.  let us know how much you’ve got so we make sure we collect enough before June 10th. let’s recycle!

3) Any aspiring filmmakers interested in documenting the building process?  Local filmmaker Julia Szucs has begun gathering footage of the evolution of the community garden, but she is away during the month of June.  We are hoping to gather more footage during the building and installation phase, and then there is the potential for whomever does the filming to collaborate with her on the documentary process.

4) and of course we need volunteers! builders, haulers, diggers, movers, shakers….We will be building the garden during a series of work parties on the first 3 weekends in June.  The work party and volunteer schedule, will follow shortly.

If you can help with any of the first 3 items above, please email us!  If you’re ready to volunteer to build the garden, our volunteer sign up schedule will be sent out right away!

Happy Spring Showers!

We’re Hiring! Looking for a Garden Manager

Canmore Community Gardening Society (CCGS)
The Canmore Community Gardening Society’s vision is to grow food, building community, and gardening together. Our mission is to cultivating a network of community gardens and engaging people in local food culture.

Job Description: Garden Manager
We are looking for a dynamic individual for a short-term contract position to organize/facilitate/manage the 1,000 square metres Community Garden located at the Canmore Hospital site. This position maybe extended depending upon the Society’s budget.

The Garden Manager is responsible for overall management and oversight of the garden, gardeners and volunteers. The individual should a strong advocate of the garden and community gardening, have the project and people management skills and be an excellent communicator, both written and verbal.
The main responsibilities include:

-Ensuring that the gardens are well maintained
-Reporting to the Board and working with Board to seek guidance in the operations and creation of the garden
-Providing regular communications to the Board and gardeners, volunteers regarding overall status of the gardens.
-Ability to manage and work with volunteers from a diverse set of backgrounds and skills, as well as facilitate members use of the garden
-Working with the Board of Directors to facilitate gardens workshops and educational sessions.
-Physically able with some heavy lifting of over 20 to 30 lbs such as digging, lifting, hauling materials, etc.
-Knowledge and experience of permaculture
-Organized with a mature attitude and able to work without supervision
-Willingness to work overtime 

Time Commitment: Full time, June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011. We will approach successful candidates, and please expect an interview on June 1st or 2nd. 

Compensation:   $750/week. Please note: the CCGS is uncertain about the ability to fund in the last week of August and September, although the Board will continuously fundraise and expects those funds will be available.

Deadline for applications (please send a cover letter and resume with references) Tuesday May 31, 2011 to canmorecommunitygardening@gmail.com

growing food…Building Community!

The community has really started to shine it’s light on this garden in the last few weeks as we have received an awesome show of support from local businesses and community members willing to pitch in what they can to make this garden grow!

About 100 people turned out last night for Food Inc. The Movie & Silent Auction!
Great crowd. Great food. Great auction stuff. Great film. Great Vibe!
More than $2,500 was raised for the community garden!
Thank-you to all who bid in the auction and filled our donation jars!

Thank-you to all in the community who have showed support!  About 20 local businesses, artists, practitioners, teachers and individuals contributed items for the silent auction.

Immense Gratitude to:
The Bicycle Cafe                 New World Samurai – Corson and Don
Valhalla Pure                       Geoffry Hirose, Sunrise Qigong
Tracy Laval Massage          Vastu Chai
Raynemaker Pottery           Nicole Tremblay, Blown Glass
Patagonia                             Laurisa Ledger, Yoga Teacher
Lulu Lemon                        The Yoga Lounge
Best Western                       Banff Park Lodge
MEC                                   Wild Canada Photography
Dan Sparks                          The Bagel Co.

And for the food that filled our bellies!

Rocky Mountain Bagel Co.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Tasty Life
Vastu Chai
Summit Cafe