May 11, 2010: Alternate sites are in the works so that we can guarantee some garden space this year! The Jasper Local Food Society continues to consider the Lions Park as a potential location for future gardens.
May 10, 2010: Based on the current roadblocks and continuing opposition to the gardens at the Lions Park, the gardens may not be built in time for this growing season. To address concerns about this location, and to clarify misunderstandings about the gardens, a public information session is planned for this summer.
May 5, 2010: Town council passed a motion to ask Parks Canada to amend the lease for the Lions Park to allow for community gardens at the site.
May 2010: A petition was launched opposing the gardens, based on the belief that the park would be rezoned, and that garden plots would be built throughout the park, compromising the freedom of adults and children to enjoy the greenspace. (These points have been clarified; please see Background on the Lions Park project).
April 20, 2010, the Jasper Local Food Society presented a proposal to the mayor and council at the town council meeting regarding the garden plots at the Lions Park.
March 2010: during local food presentations at the Jasper Library, the Lions Park was suggested as a location for a community garden. This location was brought forward by the Lions Club and was supported by the municipality.
Community-based organization. Our goal is to provide Jasperites with access to land in which to plant and grow their own produce, to increase local food awareness, to decrease the global food footprint while providing opportunities for local growers’ economic sustainability, and to provide residents and visitors with access to locally grown organic food. We try to promote, model, and sustain an environmentally ethical lifestyle in and for our community.
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Stacey Langford is the Slow Foods Mama. she’s a mum, an Organic Master Gardener, urban homesteader, crazy chicken lady, the Mama of Tortoise & Hare Slow Foods, food activist & dedicated home cook.