About the Green Patch Project
The RPIRG Green Patch is a 5400 sq ft vegetable garden behind the Dr. John Archer Library at the U of R. It’s a source of sustainable, locally grown organic food – part of a campus movement for community engagement and sustainable development.
The Green Patch is the third community garden in the University of Regina’s Edible Campus. Launched on March 28th 2012, it is a response to the need for urban centres to invest in sustainable, locally grown, secure food sources.
The Green Patch, along with Reginas Edible Campus, intends to achieve six strategic objectives in order to foster student and staff engagement, and to act as a model for sustainable development:
* Educate on horticulture, food security, and healthy eating habits.
* Engage students and staff in a community project with positive social impacts.
* Produce high quality vegetables at a low cost.
* Enhance the beauty of the campus landscaping.
* Value environmental sustainability, responsibility, and diversity.
* Support community partners and residents of Regina.
A U of R student has been hired to coordinate the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of the garden, as well as to coordinate the volunteers and distribution.
What else do we do?
In addition to planting, weeding and watering; there are plenty of other things that happen in and around the garden every year!
The Garden Coordinator creates several workshops about gardening every year, so stay up to date by checking the Garden Facebook page often. For an even more up to date information starting in May 2016, check out our blog here!
At the end of every year there is a harvest celebration where volunteers and community members alike, gather to collect the last crops of the season. There is also a variety of appetizers and snacks that are made with produce from the garden. This is a great time to talk, laugh and eat and celebrate a gardening season well done!
Where does the food go?
At the end of every season, the produce is donated to Carmichael Outreach, a local center that provides a range of programming that includes preventative measures and harm reduction. Last year it was estimated that over 2000 lbs of produce was donated to the center! That’s a lot of food!
Volunteers also are given a portion of the crop, as a reward for all their hard work throughout the growing season! One of the great perks to volunteering!
How do you get involved?
Want to help out at the garden? Anyone is welcome! Any amount of dedication is appreciated whether you contribute one hour a month or an hour a day, you will not be turned away! If you are interested in volunteering with the garden, please visit our facebook page or fill out the sign-up form.
If you have any additional questions about the garden, feel free to email our garden coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also like to say a big thank-you to Farm Credit Canada for the grant to build our beautiful new wash station!