|The Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society (the Society) approached the City in early 2018 asking for assistance in finding a suitable site for a community garden. The desire was for a location with some visibility and convenient access for City residents. The site selected is approximately 0.39 acres on City-owned land immediately west of King Street and north of the Christian Fellowship Church. The Society and City entered into a Licence of Occupation Agreement for a term to end on December 1, 2021. The Society has requested a 5-year extension of the Agreement. Administration is now preparing an extension based on the success of the community garden project and the positive response in terms of community support.
Attached to this report is the existing Licence of Occupation Agreement and their original business plan. Also attached is a map showing the location of the community garden and draft site plan for the community garden prepared by the Society. The Licence Agreement and proposed extension provide for the use of the lands at no charge to the Society. The Society is solely responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the community garden. The Society will rent garden plots to interested residents and provide such guidance and other support which contribute to the successful performance of the community garden. As well, the Society will continue to provide an annual report which summarizes the activities, financials and any other information requested by the City with respect to the community garden during the term of the Licence.
Following are some facts related to the development of the Community Garden project:
•In 2019 – 30 garden boxes were constructed; demand exceeded supply and the remaining names were placed on a waiting list for the following year.
•In 2020 – 16 additional garden boxes were constructed and again, demand exceeded supply and the remaining names were placed on a waiting list.
•For 2021 – 16 more garden boxes are scheduled to be built before planting begins on the Victoria Day weekend. All of the 46 existing garden boxes have already been leased and a waiting list created for the 2021 Phase 3 build-out.
The Society is coming before Council to make a presentation (attached) on their 2020 operations and activities as required by their Licence Agreement with the City. The presentation will be made by Moira Juleff, Treasurer of the Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society. Also streaming this live Committee of the Whole meeting will be the following Community Garden committee members: Barbara Byers, Heather Shewchuk, Ashleigh Munro, Alison Munro, Anne Montgomery, Orion Blackwell and Anika Gutowski.