2016 Recipients

Affordable Housing Advisory Association

The Affordable Housing Advisory Association is establishing an organic vegetable garden on the roof of the parkade between the two Twin Towers buildings at 172 2nd St E, as part of their senior services program. The grant will be used to help purchase seeds, soil and other supplies, as well as to help prepare the garden plots for planting. The gardens will provide locally grown, fresh organic produce that will be available for tenants, and will also provide social benefits for seniors through the opportunity to work in and enjoy the garden.

North Shore Community Garden Society

The Queen Mary Community Garden officially opened in June 2010 and consists of 62 garden plots and other amenities, which are now in need of repair. The North Shore Community Garden Society will use the grant for supplies and labour to repair and replace garden plot boards, replace soil, install panels to prevent soil erosion, repair gates and compost bins, and re-paint the shed and picnic tables. These repairs will benefit the local community by helping improve the safety, aesthetics and function of the gardens, so community members can continue to grow their own produce and enjoy the sustainable community space.

Edible Garden Project

The Edible Garden Project (EGP) will be installing drip irrigation in five of their Sharing Gardens in the City, to increase water efficiency while continuing to grow fresh produce for those most in need in the community. EGP’s goal is to decrease water consumption in the vegetable gardens by 40 - 50% to reduce unnecessary water usage and prepare for anticipated water shortages. The grant will be used to develop and install the irrigation system, and also to develop, promote and provide public education and hands-on activities to increase awareness of water conservation and sustainability in the community.

Queen Mary Community School

The Queen Mary Green Team, a group of students supported by volunteer parents and teachers, has formed a Bike Club to help improve transportation safety around the school and support students in transitioning to more active modes of transportation to commute to school and around the community. The grant will be used to organize Bike to School Weeks in both the spring and fall, as well as towards transportation planning and data collection. The Green Team will also provide bike skills training workshops in connection with HASTE, and ensure the school has appropriate infrastructure to support bike use.

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