YPN Community Gardens – Turner Rd
Have you ever wondered what all of the colourful pots and planters situated on the Island Highway across from the Cactus Club are for? For the past five years, the YPN Community Gardens have been a fixture in north Nanaimo, brightening up this busy intersection.
When the gardens were originally built in May 2011, we never anticipated what a labour of love it would turn into by the entire community. Over the years, over $15,000 of materials and man hours donated. We currently have 64 4’ x 8’ garden beds on site, as well as a large wooden shelter, which was built by the VIU Carpentry department. The plots are leased to community members for a low monthly fee, with many contributing produce to the cause. There is also a wall of tire planters that is filled with flowers and non-edibles, as well as a picnic bench and garbage can donated by the City of Nanaimo, and an outhouse on site, donated by DBL.
We were thrilled to see the community embrace this project, but we are most proud of the working relationship that we have built with the Loaves and Fishes food bank over the last 5 years.
This year, we are getting even more use out of this space, as we have begun to host events and information sessions for those who are looking to gain a bit more knowledge about gardening and local food.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to come by and visit the gardens, we invite you to come and check them out! For more information on how you can get involved with the YPN Gardens, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.