Green & Gold

There is nothing that really compares to fresh produce.  It tastes better, the colours are more vibrant, and I am pretty sure it is healthier than chemically ripened fruits and vegetables long hauled from more temperate regions. For those of us without gardens or access to a community garden plot, farmers markets and u-picks are about the best of the best.  And, you walk away with the added bonus that you helped a local producer (or at least a more local producer).

We are frequent market goers, regularly visiting the City and St. Albert markets.  For direct from the farm produce (you can even volunteer to help pick it if you wish) there is also the Green & Gold garden.  Another one of Edmonton’s gems!

The Green & Gold Community Garden (a joint project of the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences), operates out at University Farm and is an entirely volunteer run initiative — both the labour and the seeds and plants are donated.

All proceeds from the garden go to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda, a not-for-profit organization that supports socially and economically marginalized women through counselling, vocational training, health education, and employment opportunities.  Many of these women are survivors of the Rwandan genocide; many are widows, orphans, HIV-infected or victims of physical violence.

WHERE: University of Alberta’s South Campus (MAP)

WHEN: Regular hours are Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm and Saturdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

HOW MUCH:
Customers are asked to “donate” for the vegetables they take. Donations should be based on what you would pay for good quality, organic produce in a farmers’ market, and all proceeds go directly to the Tubahumurize Association (CASH ONLY PLEASE).

WHAT’S AVAILABLE:

  • Salad greens, including lettuce, mesclun, arugula, kale and swiss chard
  • Herbs, such as basil, cilantro, oregano and dill
  • Garlic, onions and leeks
  • Root vegetables, including beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and turnips
  • corn, beans, snow and snap peas
  • tomatoes, including heirloom varieties, and peppers
  • cucumbers, several varieties of summer squash, zucchini and winter squash
  • lima beans and heirloom dried beans
  • sunflowers and other flowers
Sign up for the garden’s distribution list at green&gold@sph.ualberta.ca to get weekly e-mails and a list of the produce that will be available on the next market day.  Me and S will be volunteer weeders at the garden this week if all goes to plan.  I am hoping I don’t pick the plants and not the weeds!
Let us know if you have any favourite garden spots or local producers that you tend to frequent.  Enjoy the sunshine!
L
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