The digging began in 1993 when the District Health Council began offering grants for groups or organizations that were willing to start up programs to promote exercise and healthy living.
The gardens currently offer 16 tilled garden plots measuring 8' x 20' available for rental for the gardening season. One stipulation is that all plots must remain herbicide free and pesticide free. Your yearly $30 plot fee includes the use of one garden plot, use of Ongwanada's garden tools, the preparation of the soil in spring and fall, water supply and composting/garbage/recycling facilities.
What better way to get involved in your community than a program which offers fresh air, exercise, and the chance to grow your own healthy foods.
The Garden and Tools: The soil in the garden has been already prepared for planting. A locked garden shed has been stocked with tools and is located on site. Each participant is responsible for the safekeeping of the garden tools and must make sure that the tools are back and locked in the shed before they leave.
Water: A keyed water system allows for easy watering. Please be sure to turn the system off when finished.
Weed Control: To keep weeds from spreading, we cover any plots that aren't rented out. Please do your part as well by pulling weeds from your garden plot.
Clean Up for Safety: Please work safely by keeping all areas clean and free from hazards that can cause accidents.
Composting: Composting bins for all organic material are provided on site. Please make sure that only organic items are placed in the bin.
Recycling: Plastic containers are located inside the shed for glass and cans.
Garbage: Metal garbage cans are located next to the fence at the garden site. Please ensure that all cans are covered with their lids.
Washrooms: Washrooms are located inside the Ongwanada Crescent Centre building. The building is accessible Monday through Friday (except on holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As a participant, you are responsible for your individual plot, including; the garden layout, choice of seeds, cost of seeds/plants, planting, watering and weeding.
We ask that no perennials be planted in the garden as the soil is rototilled before and after each garden season. All plots must be clear by the Thanksgiving long weekend so that the garden can be prepared for winter.
The Ongwanada Community Garden is located at 114 Wright Crescent behind Ongwanada's Crescent Centre. For more information call 613-548-4417 ext.2223