Fairfield Community Gardens
We have several Garden projects on the go. See below for details and ways to get involved!
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- Sunday May 22nd, 1:00 – 3:00 – Olive Street Common – 181 Olive Street
- Sunday June 12th, 10:30 – 12:00 pm at Porter Park – Food Forest
- Saturday June 25th, 9:00 – 11:00 am – Ross Bay NPG – Handing out information sheets and talking to residents
- Saturday July 2nd, 9:30 – 11: am at Porter Park – Food Forest
- Saturday July 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Olive Street Common – 181 Olive Street
- Saturday August 6th, 9:00 – 11:00 am at Porter Park – Food Forest
All supplies will be provided just dress comfortably and stop working when you body says it’s done for the day. I’m so excited to get out into the garden with you. Just ask for Andrea when you get there to say hi to me and see what needs to be done. While you are at the garden I can show you some of the plants that are big enough to harvest or will be soon. (Or maybe you can show me some!)
Fairfield Food Forest
Location: Porter Park, on Thurlow Rd between Kipling & Durban Streets.
Fairfield Food Forest is a permaculture garden growing a wide variety of small trees, berry shrubs, herbs and more. A passionate group of dedicated residents brought Fairfield Food Forest, our first community garden, into being in 2013.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Food Forest at any time to grow and harvest food while following permaculture techniques. This is not meant to be a vegetable garden but instead be a garden where anyone can come to and cultivate plants for the whole community can enjoy for years to come.
Some things that need to be done in this garden include: tree pruning, weeding, compost mulching, under-story planting, irrigation revamping, preparation for installation of a second fence to encircle the rest of the garden.
There are many edible and medicinal plants in the Food Forest including:
- Olallie berry (like blackberries but better)
- Oregano (the one in Spaghetti sauce)
- Parsley (great for pesto)
- Goji Berry
- Goumi Berry (like Goji berries but better)
- Strawberries (two varieties)
- Garlic chives
- Haskap berries
- Desert King Fig
- Thimble berries
- Calendar flowers
- Red Flowering Currant
- Autumn Olive (a silver berry)
- Saskatoon Berry(yes that one!)
- Evergreen Huckleberry (like tiny blueberries)
- Sorrel (a very lemony salad green)
- Chinese Chestnut (these trees will soon make fruit big enough to eat)
- Raspberries (two varieties)
The Fairfield Food Forest receives financial support from the City of Victoria
Garry Oak Restoration Project
Location: in Porter Park on Fairfield road. Many of you have probably passed through the Garry Oak ecosystem without knowing that it is a sensitive and endangered eco-system worth protecting.
There are specific plants that grow in healthy Garry Oak eco-systems that each help keep that area in balance and provide an important habitat for indigenous animals. We have an opportunity to reintroduce species that are lacking in the meadow and foster healthy soils to make those plants thrive. Increasing the biomass in the Garry oak meadow will also greatly reduce the flooding experienced in the lower fields of Porter park and also reduce the dryness seen in the summer months.
An important part of this project will be community education through activities in the meadow as well as signs and barriers. You can be an influential part of this project just by helping a few weekends a year.
Ross Bay Native Plant Garden
Location: between the Ross bay cemetery and Memorial crescent. It will extend from Dallas road to Bushby St.
The southern section of the garden has been approved by the city and we are now in the planning stages of the garden. We will soon be collecting feedback on the garden from local residents and incorporating all of their ideas into the concept.
We plan to grow salt-spray and wind resistant native plants at the site. It will be a natural community gathering area where anyone can come and learn about coastal plants that thrive in our area.
Some plants that we know will thrive in this area include:
Ocean Spray, Oregon Grape, Nodding Onion, Sword fern, Junegrass, Seablush, Evergreen huckleberry, Snowberry, Pearly Everlasting, Woolly sunflower and more…