A group of volunteers is working to create a community garden for interested residents of Clarence-Rockland and the surrounding area.

The planned garden, which would be located in Rockland, will not only provide an abundance of food, but also an outdoor space that is beautiful and inviting for residents of the area. The group is working with the City of Clarence-Rockland to secure a location for the garden and is hoping to break ground this fall to start preparing the space for a spring 2023 opening.

Community gardens allow opportunities for people to create relationships with each other and the food they eat. Organizers say the garden will be the first of its kind in Rockland.

The focus of the community garden will be to grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers using sustainable organic gardening practices. There will be opportunities for residents to participate in a voluntary fresh produce exchange, to access fresh produce donations, and to engage in educational workshops and projects. The team is planning to include accessible raised beds, a pollinator garden and a children’s area, and  inclusivity, sustainability and respect are the core principles of the garden.

The garden will be available to join by purchasing a membership or by volunteering in various ways. While the project is still in its planning phase, coordinators of the project are looking to obtain feedback from the public.

Rockland Community Garden launched a survey on their new website at https://www.rocklandcommunitygarden.ca/ so that residents can express their gardening needs and interests. This survey takes approximately five minutes to complete and will help the team with planning.

Anyone who would like more information is also invited to visit the Rockland Community Garden Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rocklandcommunitygarden, or to email the group directly at [email protected]