Community garden

I am interested in finding out about establishing a vegetable garden that is about the size of a city block. (500'x250' approx)

The idea is to use the produce to feed those currently receiving things like food bank, community kitchens, shelters, etc. But, depending on production, could be expanded to many other community efforts and any "excess" could be sold farmers market style to the general public.

I KNOW this is a HUGE are for a garden in the city. But, I drive past the prime area  3-4 times every day.

I know nothing about what I am speaking. I DO feel it would be a great idea.

Any idea how many people something like this would feed?What type of volumes it may produce?

Am I just crazy?

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  • Where are you? Sounds ambitious, but, why not? . Need loads of willing hands and you'll feed hundreds of people with that sort of area, if veg is properly grown on a rotation system, you're well supplied with good compost (donations from landowners and supporting businesses?) and the maintenance is organised. 

    H-C

  • I am in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. We are a city of about 17,000 people.

    We have MANY large old lots where schools, churches, long term care homes used to be.

    A few are a full city block large, or larger. Just seems like a waste to sit empty for a few years until it gets developed. Even though we are a small community, unfortunately we still have food banks and soup kitchens.

    Yes, it seems like a massive undertaking. Just trying to get a handle on it to see if it is feasible.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,728

    HELLO IAN.

    MOST PEOPLE ON THIS FORUM LIVE IN UK SO WE HAVE LITTLE OR NO APPRECIATION OF CANADIAN WEATHER, SOILS ETC.

    HOWEVER, WE DO HAVE A LONG TRADITION OF WHAT IS KNOWN AS ALLOTMENT KEEPING. HERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE HISTORY OF ALLOTMENTS, THEIR TRADITIONAL SIZE AND WHAT THEY WERE SET UP TO ACHIEVE.

    http://www.nsalg.org.uk/allotment-info/

    ALLOTMENTS ARE STILL VERY POPULAR TODAY AND THERE ARE OFTEN LONG, LONG WAITING LISTS FOR THEM. 

    ONE PROBLEM WHICH YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER IS SOIL POLLUTION, DEPENDING ON WHAT WAS ON THE SITE BEFORE YOU BEGAN TO DIG.

    WHERE I LIVE IN DERBYSHIRE THERE HAS BEEN LEAD MINING FOR CENTURIES. DERBYSHIRE LEAD PROVIDED PIPES FOR POMPEII. QUITE OFTEN THE GROUND HERE IS STILL TOO CONTAMINATED FOR IT TO BE USED FOR GROWING FOOD CROPS. BEST TO CHECK WITH A LOCAL HISTORIAN TO SEE WHAT HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF YOUR PROPOSED SITE.

    Last edited: 01 October 2016 17:40:14

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Little late to the party but...  there are plenty of examples of community farms which sounds closer to what you're expecting than allotments, perhaps you should investigate whether there are any in Canada?

    Here's one such example of one in the UK that may be able to offer some advice if you contact them directly:  http://www.riverbournecommunityfarm.org.uk/

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,342

    pansyface That sounds like the land around  Dove Holes and Sparrow Pit.




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,728

    IAMWEEDY, LET'S NOT SAY THAT THERE IS LEAD TO BE FOUND IN "DOVE HOLES". image

    ALMOST ANYWHERE IN DERBYSHIRE REALLY. I KNOW ONE PERSON WHO CAN'T SELL THEIR HOUSE BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS THEIR (BEAUTIFUL) GARDEN WHICH IS CONTAMINATED WITH THE STUFF.

    WHAT DID THE ROMANS EVER DO FOR US, EH?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,342

    Looking at the mining debris its obvious no one wants to even try to tidy up that land at all. I assume vegetable gardening is not really safe.




    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

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