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Sustain a garden, sustain a community, organizer says

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Sustainable South Osborne is back in action this summer after a long and drawn-out winter.

Evan Bowness, president of Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-operative Inc., said there’s "lots of stuff" in the works for the season.


Sustainable South Osborne was first created in 2009 originally to get people to think about where their food was coming from.


This summer it’s all about how to do it yourself.

"Lots of gardening-related projects," said Bowness. "Now we’re trying to expand outwards to the Transition Winnipeg initiative."

Transition Winnipeg is an initiative aimed at lowering dependency on fossil fuels and transition to a low-energy economy, said Bowness.

"That’s the trajectory we’re on," said Bowness. "So lots of
local food projects and we’ll be doing a lot of stuff on education and biodiversity, recycling, and all that kind of stuff."

This year there are some new projects in the works.

"We’re trying to pick up on experiential learning programing or hands-on learning," said Bowness. "So we have gardening clubs in conjunction with the local elementary school and community centre so kids can go a couple times a week to learn how to run a garden and how to grow food."

The South Osborne Permaculture Demonstration Site is located in the far corner of the Riverview Community Centre, just off the corner of Darling Street and Balfour Avenue. The garden will be installed as part of a University of Manitoba course during the last two weeks of July. The preliminary design features different types of trees, raspberries, grapes, herbs and apricots.

Bowness said these types of programs are important because the world is changing.

"I think that we’re at a pretty pivotal time in the history of human civilization right now," said Bowness. "We’re going to have to use our capacity to respond to change in a way that we haven’t had to do before. I think that these kinds of projects are a good way to build some community capacity for resilience."

Sustainable South Osborne also has a community orchard on Churchill Drive.
"It now has 60 apple and plum trees on it," said Bowness. "We’re expecting 10,000 pounds of fruit coming off it."

For more information on Sustainable South Osborne visit their website at sustainablesouthosborne.com.

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