Volunteers have been busy in Drumheller's Bankview neighborhood of late building a number of raised beds for the valley's first learning garden.
"It's slightly different from a community garden in the sense that one of the key focuses is opportunity for workshops and education to take place at the garden itself," explained April Harrison, the FCSS Coordinator for the town. "People who have very little experience of gardening can come and learn about different aspects of it."
"We've built these five raised beds, two of which are extra tall so that they're accessible to someone who, for example, would be in a wheelchair," she continued. "It would mean that they aren't having to really lean down because it's just the right height."
Construction of the raised garden beds on a town owned lot at the corner of 8 Avenue and 4 Street, SW began after they received a $4,000 grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
"In the first year, at least, the five beds that we have are primarily being used by community groups," noted Harrison. "The produce that they get come autumn will be primarily going to the Food Bank for food hampers, which at the moment are made up of dried goods, with fresh fruit and vegetables."
To learn more about the Drumheller Learning Garden or to volunteer, contact April Harrison at her Town Hall office, 403-823-1315 or Jenessa McCauley at the Salvation Army, 403-823-2215.