Growing food for neighbours in McKernan
Veg in Yeg is preparing for another season offering accessible, fresh produce from their market garden at 11015 University Avenue. Big thank you to all the neighbours who supported them in 2020!
This year, they are transitioning from a social enterprise business, to a non-profit company led by a team of volunteers.
They grow a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers for sale via their online store. Pick-up is at the garden, or delivered to Whyte Ave-area neighbourhoods. All produce is pay-what-you-can. The more you pay, the more you support your neighbours who may not be able to. All income goes towards operating expenses, equipment upgrades and possibly expanding to other sites.
They are still looking for volunteers! If you are interested in being on their harvest-day team, or joining as a coordinator to help run the farm activities off-site too, see linktr.ee/veginyeg. No experience necessary.
Support the garden
You can support the garden in other ways by donating any spare yard/garden tools you may have, or lending them a sunny lawn to be converted into a garden. They are also in need of a small lockable shed or storage box, for their larger tools.
Little Seed Library
Nicole’s project this spring has been building a small seed library for the community. Stocked with many of Veg in Yeg’s surplus seeds, it is also open to additions from your own collection. It will soon be installed next to the sidewalk at the garden (hopefully by 10 May). Instructions on how to take seeds, add seeds, and how to save seeds are within.
Hand sanitizer will be provided.
Yard Share YEG
If you are a budding gardener looking for yard space to create your personal vegetable garden, check out the new program Yard Share YEG.They facilitate yard sharing and support gardeners across the City. Follow them on Facebook / instagram. You can also join the Facebook Group: Yard Sharing in Edmonton to find a match with a homeowner.
Community compost station
Bring your food scraps to Veg in Yeg! Access is via the alley. Tools are provided, as well as leaves to top your scraps with, and signs guide you on the composting process. Thank you to everyone who donated their bags of leaves last fall and this spring! The garden now has enough to last the whole growing season for the compost pile and mulch.