Support needed for Support Society to complete garden

Donations sought to complete community garden project.

  • Nov. 4, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The Eagle Valley Community Support Society is on the last leg of a journey to realize a long held dream.

For quite a number of years they have been focused on fundraising and grant writing to complete a project that will enable them to provide some very important supports to the community.

First, the addition of a raised bed garden project for their large backyard that also includes fruit trees, berry bushes and grape vines ,as well as a natural playscape for children and a serenity garden space. The garden will serve several functions, producing food for the food bank, teaching gardening, connecting children to the joy that is a mud pie kitchen, a willow tunnel and a grassy hill, and the provision of an enclosed quiet space surrounded by fragrant trees and bushes for counselling, breastfeeding and taking a break.

A commercially inspected and licensed kitchen is a complimentary project. Built in the area that was a boardroom and former kitchen, this is to allow for processing what is grown in the garden and large quantity food bank donations, as well as teaching programs such as Food Skills for Families.

An additional project was to create a wheelchair-accessible washroom and a special type of pathway around the garden beds that will allow those with mobility challenges to join us.

The end is in sight, the society is thrilled with how it is going and have had incredible support from so many people; financially and in the form of volunteer labour and donations of materials.

There are just a couple of more hurdles to get over and it is done. As seems to always be the case, there was more project than budget, and there are two pieces of work that will not be able to be completed without more support.

How can you help? Well, a $150 donation would buy a section of fence, or 15 square-feet of flooring, and any donations of any amount would be a huge help. Drop by the centre (it’s a mess, but they will tour you through) and see how you can help, or mail a donation to Eagle Valley Community Support Society, Box 777, Sicamous BC V0E 2V0.

What seems a long time ago, a volunteer observed, “you know, the things that made it easier for my generation to get by in tough times was that we knew how to grow a garden, and we were taught by our moms and our grandmothers how to use of that food and make it stretch. You have a great big back yard out there. Maybe you could make better use of it.”

That volunteer sowed the seed, and it has consumed the society ever since. The volunteer passed away last year, far too young, but the society is determined to honour her by finishing the garden and kitchen this fall.

Please support the completion of Sandy’s Garden.

Many will benefit.

Submitted by the Eagle Valley Community Support Society.


Just Posted

One fatality in Highway 97 collision in Vernon

Two vehicles involved in crash that has halted traffic

Mamas for Mamas founder survives with new lease on life

Kelowna’s Shannon Christensen escaped a dangerous situation and lived to tell about it

Peeved with speeding drivers

The owner of property spanning Highway 97A near Mara is done with having to repair her fence.

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler pleads not guilty in U.S. court

Colin Martin continues to fight allegations relating to cross-border drug smuggling operation

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Tychonik continues scoring run

Vees chalk up another win with Pink in the Rink

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Most Read