Victoria affords seed capital for brand spanking new neighborhood gardens – Sooke Information Mirror

Growing your own food in your own garden or in a larger neighborhood plot or orchard can be a great way to ensure some level of food security.

The City of Victoria encourages such actions and is now accepting applications for its 2021 Community Gardens Foundation Grant. Funding is made available to eligible organizations to cover the costs of designing, planning and public participation in new community gardens or orchards, as well as the costs of building such gardens in the city.

The grant includes up to $5,000 for design and public engagement and up to $10,000 to build the garden. The city will prioritize support for neighborhoods without existing community gardens and those with higher population densities.

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The gardens can be of one of three types: community gardens, communal areas tended and managed by volunteers with the crops available to the public; Allotments, where individual plots are rented, tended and harvested by members; and community orchards, groves of fruit or nut trees tended and harvested by a local organization, with produce going to the community.

The application deadline is October 22nd, the grant will be awarded in December.

Application forms and more information are available online at bit.ly/3EPcBP2. For more information on creating a community garden, visit bit.ly/3u4fcjg.

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