2023 Welcome

Hello St Barnabas Community Gardeners,

We hope everyone has had a good winter and is looking forward to the upcoming gardening season. The Committee has set the calendar for the upcoming year and reviewed our notes for the changes that have been suggested at the wrap up meeting.

The calendar is found on the website – https://stbarnabasgarden.org/. Our first meeting of the year will be Saturday March 25, at 10:00am. The plan is that we will do this at the Church undercroft.

We are not very demanding, but for this meeting, please remember that attendance is mandatory, either by yourself or a delegate. This meeting allows us to confirm plot assignments and communicate essential information about how we run the garden. If you absolutely cannot attend, you must let us know, and complete the documents and payments electronically before the meeting.

Assuming everyone is returning, we do not currently have any vacant plots.  We do have Bed 1, which last year was planted for donation.  This will be reviewed at the kick off meeting.  Otherwise, we have three people on the waitlist right now, which is another reason we would like to know as soon as possible if anyone will not be returning this year.

The kick off meeting allows us to discuss any updates to rules and policies for the year. And of course, it is a great chance to meet your fellow gardeners, who hopefully you will be seeing around the garden throughout the year.

The forms for 2023 can be found on our website at https://stbarnabasgarden.org/general-information/

  • The Garden Rules
  • The registration form, which confirms your information, fees, and acknowledgment of the rules
  • The waiver form

Please review the rules, which, besides the dates, reinforce the ‘community’ aspect of the Garden. We do need your commitment to attending a share of the group workdays, and to the upkeep of common areas between workdays. The dates for planting and clean out are the same as last year; we want to make sure that plots are used and kept tidy.

After the registration day, the first big event for the year is the workday on Saturday April 22nd. We are going to try moving this to the afternoon, at 1pm, it seems like things warm up enough by then, to be productive. If the weather is truly uncooperative, the workday would be deferred to April 29th. We have spread out the other workdays the same as previous years, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “Bring a Chair” was popular last year – we will try that again, you are invited to bring a chair and we can linger, have a beverage, and get to know one another.

If you cannot attend workdays, please reach out to the Committee for an ‘assigned’ task you can commit to throughout the year.

Thanks, and see you March 25th!

PS – after the registration, consider heading over to Seedy Saturday.  It will be happening the same day, from 10am to 3pm at Winston-Heights Mountview Community Association (520 27 Ave NE). This is a free, drop-in event.   http://www.calgaryseedysaturday.ca/home.html