Western Environment Centre’s
Blow Me Down Community Garden
Visit our Events page for upcoming garden events and workshops (aside from day to day gardening activities).
History of the Blow Me Down Community Garden
Our garden was founded by the Western Environment Centre in 2010. Our aim is to raise awareness about sustainable living by providing the citizens of Corner Brook with an opportunity to grow their own fresh, organic vegetables. The garden started with 17 plots and in 2011, another 18 plots were added to accommodate the growing demand. In 2011, we also added a greenhouse to extend our growing season and to use for educational workshops.
Gardeners are a diverse mix of families, students, retirees, professionals, groups of friends, and individuals who all work together to make the garden a success!
Our current garden site is open to the public (during the spring/summer/fall) and is on the right-hand side of the road leading up to the Blow Me Down Trails cross-country ski park (Lundrigan Drive area).
To view a larger and more interactive map, click on the map below.
Benefits of Community Gardens
Community gardens are an important part of building a more sustainable food system and a stronger, happier community. They are a delicious and healthy source of local, pesticide-free vegetables. Community gardeners have the opportunity to share the joy and satisfaction of growing their own food, learning new skills, meeting new people and getting exercise in fresh air.
This project could not have succeeded without the help and support of numerous organizations and individuals. Thank you to all the following supporters:
City of Corner Brook
Food Security Network
TD Friends of the Environment
Asplundh Tree Services
College of the North Atlantic
Department of Health and Community Services
Walmart Evergreen Program
Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Rent a plot
Each plot in the Blow Me Down Community Garden is 4×16 feet. Plots can be rented by a family, couple, individual or group who would like to grow their own organic produce.
Each plot owner is responsible for their plot and agrees to keep the plot maintained as to the specifications stated within the annual lease agreement.
In addition each plot owner becomes part of the larger garden community. Plot owners are expected to spend some volunteer time on the general maintenance of the entire community garden. Also, the garden is run by a volunteer committee that consists of at least 50% plot owners – becoming involved in the garden committee is encouraged but not required.
For the 2013 season, the total rental cost for the year is $30 ($20 plot fee and $10 annual WEC membership fee). Plots must be renewed by March 31st of each year. Please contact us for a lease agreement form and further details on how to rent a plot.
Volunteer at the garden or with the Garden Committee
There are many volunteer opportunities in the community garden ranging from construction, weeding, maintenance, organizing garden events or whatever the season may require at the time.
Even if you don’t have a plot in the garden, you can join the Garden Committee to help make decisions about how the garden will operate. Simply contact us and we’ll let you know how you can help.
Start a community garden in your neighourhood
There are several great resources to help you get started. We would love to hear from you – our contact information can be found here.
Here are a few great resources to help you start your own garden: Community Garden Best Practices Toolkit (this link will open an Adobe PDF).