In our continuous effort to innovate and build community, Phoenix Society has developed a community garden on vacant City of Surrey-owned property.
The Phoenix Community Garden is seen as a joint collaboration of our Society along with Surrey citizens and the City of Surrey. Located on lands adjacent to existing common walking trails in a greenway, the gardens were strategically designed for social inclusion as a widely welcoming community engagement space to facilitate community connection, dialogue and exchange through a variety of activities and events including community meetings, educational classes, farmer’s markets where garden produce would be shared, celebrations of artistic works by local community artisans and musicians, and talks by gardeners and food sustainability leaders.
The project will be a mixed-use garden, comprised of 3 large planters, 14 small planters and 5 accessible planters in raised beds. A mix of fruit and nut producing trees will also be planted around the edges of the garden.
Half of the plots will be tended by Phoenix participants, and the rest available to local community members and organizations to help increase food security and enhance access to nutritious fruits and vegetables, with outdoor farming allowing for social distancing. The garden will also host targeted programming for those who are marginalized, including those in recovery, living in poverty, seniors, and unhoused individuals.
The garden is located at 13951 100th Ave., is adjacent to Phoenix’s existing Social Innovation Centre. The Society completed construction of the garden in late 2021, and the site’s grand opening is anticipated for the summer of 2022.
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