To cultivate a network of community gardeners, share knowledge,
and engage people in local food culture!
* To collaboratively grow food at the Canmore Community Garden in a manner that is sustainable and that provides a template for wildlife-safe mountain gardening.
* To share gardening knowledge, resources and skills through our network by hosting educational workshops, and facilitating communication both in the garden and through our online community.
Wildlife is a serious concern to growing food in Canmore as we in a valley where bears, deer, elk, coyotes, and rabbits live and travel where we have also chosen to live. As a result, this garden is unlike others.
We are continually researching, experimenting, designing and consulting with experts in order to find safe and sustainable solutions to growing food in Canmore.
From our early consultations, we have a few guidelines that help us coexist peacefully with our wild neighbours:
- Wildlife fencing! 8′ high at the community garden
- A perimeter planting of native shrubs as a natural wildlife barrier
- We do not compost food waste and ensure proper disposal of any rotting vegetable matter
- We do not plant berry bushes
- And we ensure timely harvest of garden vegetables
Permaculture is a design system that mimics patterns in nature to design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals and communities towards a sustainable future.
In the community garden permaculture design techniques help us to be as resource efficient and self-sustaining as possible. All the elements of a garden are integrated so that they are as mutually supporting and as self-sustaining as possible. We want to capture and hold as much rainwater as possible, choose plant varieties that thrive in our climate and in combination with one another, we want to harness the potential of garden micro-climates, use our space effectively, and our energy sparingly.
To learn more about the principles and ethics of permaculture, visit our links page for a list of online resources, or attend one of our frequent permaculture workshops!