Abbotsford Community Services is Red, White and Green for Canada 150

Contest courtesy Day 1 Urban Farm

Event to commemorate completion of ‘green roof’ in Community Garden Project

Once, it was an empty gravel lot; an overlooked, unloved space down a dead-end street. Today, it’s full of life; the buzz of bees and gardeners, the beauty of newly sprouting vegetables and golden sunflowers and the hum of voices as people stop by. But many people have yet to discover there’s an urban farm in the heart of historic Downtown Abbotsford. Thanks in part to Canada’s 150th Birthday, that’s about to change.

The ACS Garden Project is both a teaching garden and a working urban farm, situated at the end of Montvue Avenue. Amongst the first of its kind in the Fraser Valley, it’s a social enterprise partnership between Abbotsford Community Services and Day 1 Urban Farm, run almost entirely by volunteers.

Connecting Abbotsford Residents to Environmental Stewardship

Recently, the garden benefited from a Canada 150 grant, which helped fund the building of an outdoor meeting and education hub on the site – a beautiful gazebo with an eco-friendly ‘green’ roof. Numerous community events during the summer drew a diverse range of residents to help plant the green roof. It has enabled people from all walks of life, including Indigenous Peoples, at-risk youth, and adults with disabilities, to get hands-on with a project directly related to environmental stewardship.

On September 14th, the collective creation of this unique legacy for the City of Abbotsford will be wrapped up during a celebratory ‘Red, White and Green’ event. The green roof will be completed with assistance from community leaders as part of the celebration.

The Garden Project grows fruit and vegetables from their location behind Abbotsford Community Services, and sells the produce from the farm gate and at area markets, including the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market. They have also supplied produce for local events and businesses.

Urban Farm Manager Marina Gibson has been featured in publications including the Abbotsford News, Country Life in BC and Modern Agriculture magazines, hosted the Chamber of Commerce Ag Tour, and delivered a TEDx Talk on urban farming initiatives and the importance of local food security.

Join the ‘Red, White and Green’ Celebrations

Interested in seeing the Canada 150 gazebo and commemorating the completion of the ‘green’ roof? Abbotsford residents are invited to join Community Services, Day 1 Urban Farm and local delegates on September 14th between 4:30 and 6:30pm for an ‘Open Garden’. Free parking is available in the surrounding area and the garden can be accessed on Montvue Avenue.

About Abbotsford Community Services

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) is a non-profit, multi-service, community-based social service agency. With more than 40,000 people coming through the agency’s doors each year, ACS provides over 90 programs and services to people in need. In operation since 1969, Abbotsford Community Services strives to foster community well-being and social justice through positive action and leadership, while embracing diversity and promoting inclusion. Find out more about ACS at abbotsfordcommunityservices.com.

To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/red-white-and-green-canada-150-green-roof-event-tickets-37661973978

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