Meadowgreen Community Garden
On June 18th 2014, nearly 175 volunteers from Fiskars, Canadian Tire, The City of Saskatoon, CHEP Good Food Inc., Saskatoon Open Door Society and the local community braved the rain and wind to support their local community through the construction of the Meadowgreen Community Garden in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Fiskars Americas President Paul Tonnesen, Canadian Tire Vice President Seasonal and Gardening Mike Magennis, garden designers Mark Bobyn and Anna Ringstrom, City of Saskatoon representative Karen Farmer and CHEP Good Food Community Gardens Coordinator Gord Androsoff, kicked off the build day with a ceremonial first dig.
“We’re excited to kick off this season’s first Project Orange Thumb garden makeover in Saskatoon. As Fiskars celebrates its 365th anniversary year, Project Orange Thumb helps extend that longevity to the Meadowgreen neighborhood by providing community members the opportunity to come together to grow fresh, affordable food.” said Fiskars Americas President Paul Tonnesen.
Despite cool temperatures and rain throughout the day, the dedicated volunteers moved 30 cubic yards of soil and mulch and built six raised beds and 27 in-ground beds. The new planting space will serve over 50 families in the Meadowgreen area.
The Saskatoon volunteers built more garden beds than any other Project Orange Thumb garden makeover and following the construction, they were eager to fill the beds with plants including cucumbers, tomatoes, and blueberries. Volunteers planted over 1000 plants including the edibles in the garden beds and trees and shrubs to beautify the landscape surrounding the garden. Community members from the nearby apartment buildings were enthusiastic about the vast variety of fresh produce that will be available in the new garden space.
The new garden was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from Fiskars Americas President Paul Tonnesen, Local Canadian Tire Dealer Paul Cairns, Mayor of Saskatoon His Worship Don Atchison, City Councillor Pat Laurier and Executive Director of CHEP Good Food Inc. Patricia Cameron.