A community garden is simply described as “a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people”, but for the Langdon Community Garden Society, it’s meant to be much more than that.
The Langdon Community Garden Society (LCGS) was established in 2013, initially as a three way partnership between LCGS, LCA (Langdon Community Association) and Rockyview County. After many considerations on the most appropriate space, the LCGS entered into a licence of occupation with Rocky View County in June 2015. “We have a strong board of dedicated individuals who want to see the garden come to fruition for our community”, said Colette Curkan.
On Saturday October 3, 2015 a group of about 20 volunteers gathered for the ground breaking of the Langdon Community Garden located in Langdon Park, east of the north baseball diamond. This ½ acre garden will consist of 6 large food bank plots, for food dedicated solely for our local and surrounding food banks. A Children’s garden with 7 plots, for the community children’s organizations. Sarah Thompson School has included the community garden in their 3 year educational plan. A Teen garden. Wheelchair plots and 20 plots for lease by community members.
Anyone who gardens knows that there is lots of maintenance and upkeep required, but the Langdon Community Garden Society states they have a strict maintenance plan that they will be following through the season. The food bank plots and general maintenance of the space will be looked after by the board and community organizations. Leased plots are the responsibility of those leasing them for $45.00 for the season.
The food bank plots are “purchased” through sponsorship. For $600.00, a business/family will have their name on the plot for 6 years. The Langdon Community Garden Society board will grow and harvest the food on their behalf. What a great way to give back to the community!
If you’d like more information regarding the Langdon Community Garden or would like to get involved, you can check out their website www.langdoncommunitygarden.com