Community Garden in Oaklands

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The Oaklands Community Association (OCA) is considering possible locations to build a community garden in the Oaklands neighbourhood. Currently, a group of volunteers is investigating the possibility of a community garden in Oswald Park. The OCA’s vision is to create an enhanced public space where children can cultivate an appreciation for nature’s bounty, where neighbours of all ages rub shoulders, and where those without land can grow healthy food. At this stage of the project, the OCA is looking for community input to help shape a community garden project that is a good fit for our neighbourhood. 


Your involvement in this process is important! What do you think of having community garden in Oswald Park? Would you like to help with the design? Would you like to volunteer to help build the garden? Would you like to be on our email list for updates on next steps? Let us know!


The following contains background information on the Oaklands Community Garden project, along with maps to illustrate the approximate size and location of community garden being considered in Oswald Park.  In August 2019 the Oaklands Community association submitted an Expression of Interest to the City of Victoria for a garden in Oswald Park. The feedback was positive. We are moving forward with a formal proposal and community consultation. 


Your early feedback on the idea of having a community garden within Oswald Park is important, and you are invited to be in touch in the following ways:

online survey

phone: 250-370-9101 ext. 4

email: community@oaklandsca.com


Background Information and Vision


The City of Victoria is committed to “increase food production on public land including increasing community gardens in all neighbourhoods in the city, and building urban food systems into our parks operations”, and this goal appears in the City’s current Strategic Plan  (Strategic Objective #5: Health, Well-Being and a Welcoming City, pg. 20). As part of the City’s ongoing community gardening initiative, the Oakland Community Association has secured funding to build a community garden in our neighbourhood. For more information on the process of initiating a community garden, and the City of Victoria’s requirements and regulations please visit “Building a Community Garden on City Land.”  


 The OCA greatly appreciates the support and expertise of the City of Victoria staff during our planning process.  

Community surveys and early visioning exercises to date have helped our group form the following vision of a community garden in Oaklands: The vision for a community garden in Oaklands is a garden that includes both common garden areas and individual allotment gardens. Allotment gardens would be raised beds gardens that would be rented and maintained by individuals. The common garden would have a mix of fruit, nuts, herbs and flowers marked with educational signage so that people strolling through the park could stop to nibble on berries, cut a sprig of herbs for their dinner, and perhaps gather some flowers for their table. We envision flower-lined entryways and paths, a wheelchair-accessible main path and beds, public art and whimsical child-friendly features throughout the garden. We would also like to incorporate a teaching area that could be used by local schools, colleges, and community groups. The gardens would have deer fencing with unlocked gates, and would be designed with open sightlines to ensure public safety. 


See the August 5, 2019 article by Vic News about a potential community garden in Oaklands!


FAQ

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1. What is the current status of the Oaklands Neighbourhood Community Garden plan?

The Oaklands Community Association has secured funding to build a community garden our neighbourhood. Currently, the OCA is looking for community input to help shape a community garden that is a good fit for our neighbourhood. A group of volunteers is investigating opportunities on City of Victoria land, including Oswald Park . 


2. Who would operate the Oaklands Neighbourhood Community Garden?

The Oaklands Community Association would operate this community garden. Volunteer Coordinator Grants are available from the City of Victoria, for community gardens that are in compliance the City’s Community Garden Policy.

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3. Who could use the Oaklands Neighbourhood Community Garden?


The community garden can include both common garden areas and allotment garden areas. All community members will be welcome to use common areas. Allotment garden areas would be rented to individuals, in accordance with the City of Victoria’s User Agreement policy for Community Gardens.


4. What are the next steps and how can I get involved in the project?


The community garden project is currently (Fall 2019) in the public consultation phase, beginning with surveys and canvassing the neighbours of Oswald Park. Next steps will be determined by the results of the neighbourhood input. Upon identifying a location and size that is suitable for the community garden in our neighbourhood, the OCA will propose a preliminary garden design. The garden design will be available to the public, with opportunities to provide feedback on preliminary garden designs. For updates on public input opportunities, please contact the OCA at 250-370-9101 ext. 4, or via email at community@oaklandsca.com..

Potential Community Garden Location Options

OSWALD PARK

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 3000 Block Cedar Hill Road