Oyama Community Garden - Oyama, BC
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Begun in April of 2014, the Oyama Community Garden is on the grounds of the Oyama Community Hall along Oyama Road.
Waymark Code: WMRHW7
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 06/24/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose
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PIC With the main build of the garden coming about in April of 2014, the first beds were planted in May, 2014. With more land in which to expand, the garden presently consists of twenty-one 8’ X 16’ plots, all of which are occupied.

When the idea of creating a community garden was proposed it was first believed that, with Oyana being predominantly a community of single family dwellings, each with garden space available, the response would be underwhelming. The reverse proved to be true, however, and the garden is being enthusiastically supported.

A news story, reprinted below, tells of the garden's beginnings.

Community garden coming to Oyama

Jo Slade - Feb 1, 2014 / 7:21 pm
Central Okanagan Community Gardens (COCG) and Oyama Community Club (OCC) have signed an agreement to work together to bring a Community Garden to Oyama.

There was some skepticism when the idea of a community garden was first introduced, according to Marj Dickie, Garden Coordinator. “Many people think that because Oyama is a community of single family dwellings, that everyone would have space in their yard. However, when you consider the number of secondary suites, yards that are heavily shaded and properties that are too steep to use, we are confident that the garden plots will be well utilized.”

In fact, support from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We have land we are not using and the garden fits perfectly with our agricultural heritage,” says Deb Butler, President of OCC.

The garden will provide families a chance to grow healthy food. “The COCG’s mission is to help neighbourhoods and communities create sustainable green spaces for gardening, food production, gathering and education,” says Ruth Mellor, COCG President. With this addition, we will have gardens throughout the Central Okanagan from Oyama in the North to West Kelowna in the south.”

The Oyama Garden will consist of approximately twenty-one 8’ X 16’ plots. IN April 2014, the ‘main build’ will occur so that gardeners can get their plots up and running by May. Gardeners who participate in the build are guaranteed a plot, and will have first dibs on plots.

The cost to rent a plot is $20.00 a year with an initial deposit of $5.00 for a shed key.
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15710 Oyama Road
Oyama, BC Canada
V4V 2E1

Hands-on or educational programs: No

Community garden's website: [Web Link]

Telephone number: 250-548-3837

Location: Not listed

Parking: Not Listed

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