Overbrook Launches First Community Garden tomorrow!

WHAT: Join us for the Overbrook Community Garden Launch Party! The launch will feature speeches, a corn roast, fresh lemonade, and gardeners at work. The site contains 24 garden boxes including two allocated for the community food bank. The boxes were constructed in partnership with Rideau High School Teacher, Bob Aucoin and students.  The shed was constructed by Longfield Davidson Secondary School students and Teacher, Roy Peters. The community gardens are an initiative of the Overbrook Community Association. A growing list of partners  includes the City of Ottawa, local schools, Just Food, the Community Development Framework, Overbrook Community Centre, the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre Food Bank, and community volunteers.

WHO:    Peter Clark, Rideau-Rockcliffe City Councilor

Sheila Perry, Overbrook Community Association President

Representatives from the various partner organization and City Staff

Local politicians and leaders, Volunteers,  Community gardeners

WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies:   11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Overbrook Community Centre Park, 33 Quill St, Ottawa, ON K1K 4E7

WHY:     The Overbrook Community Gardens offer a wide spectrum of benefits to this diverse community. In addition to beautifying the area, it increases feelings of safety and community pride, provides a source of local fruits and vegetables to those that may not otherwise have access, and improves overall food resiliency. Additionally it is an opportunity for exercise, stress relief, education, and the creation of friendships! The Overbrook Community Association is hopeful that this is just the first of several community gardens in the area.

HOW:    For interviews or additional information please contact Sheila Perry at  613-744-1711.

And Michel Baronette, Manager, Overbrook Community Centre  613-742-5147

Photo Opportunities:

•             Breaking soil ceremonial dig into one of the boxes (including officials) at 11:15 a.m.

•             Carrot and pea costume with officials and gardeners

•             Group photo of partners

•             Gardeners gardening!



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