Community gardens looking for support

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Yara Community Gardens

Yara Community Gardens is looking to rally community support to protest the possible sale of its Home Street location.

Sarah Varey, community gardens co-ordinator, said the board was notified on Wednesday that at Monday’s council meeting, council would vote on whether to make the Home Street location “available for development” and sold. She said no one from Yara Community Gardens or Hunger in Moose Jaw were consulted on the issue.

“We’re pretty upset because we feel like this is an extremely successful program. Per capita Moose Jaw has the largest membership in community gardens in the entire province,” said Varey. “If we didn’t have a space like that within South Hill at our Home Street location, I know a lot of schools would be affected and I think it’d be a pretty devastating turn of events.”

She said there are 125 members who garden at the community gardens and about 500 people eat from the community gardens in the summer. Without the Home Street location, she said rebuilding or relocating would be a financial impossibility.

She is trying to rally friends and supporters in the community by gathering letters or emails expressing opposition to the proposed sale. She added she encourages people to speak to councillors.

Varey also encourages people to attend Monday’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. at city hall and to wear green. She would like to have letters and emails in by 4 p.m. Friday. Varey can be reached at 692-1916 or email gardens.hungermj@sasktel.net.

For more information, see Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

Geographic location: Home Street, Yara Community Gardens, Moose Jaw South Hill

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