Chilliwack Bowls of Hope opens community garden with communal and private plots: Garden important for food sovereignty and for people to have access to grow own food, says Cindy Waters
Article written by JENNA HAUCK, Chilliwack Progress
May. 27, 2022
A new community garden project in Chilliwack will help feed hungry families and give folks with no garden space at home a place to plant their own private garden.
Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society just launched its community garden program on Wolfe Road in partnership with the City of Chilliwack and the University of the Fraser Valley’s Agriculture Student Association.
“We want to teach people about what food is in season, what is realistic to grow, insects, pests, weeds and proper composting,” said Stewart Fuoco, president of the UFV Agriculture Student Association. “Pretty much how to have a stronger local food system and teach people to be food citizens so people will have a better understanding of where our food comes from and how we can grow it.”
The community garden is on a five-acre parcel of city land but they are only using one acre of it this year, and are hoping to expand in the future. They made an agreement with the city where Bowls of Hope Society gets to use the land at no charge, but the society must maintain it.