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The Sunnyside Rain Gardens

The rain gardens installed by the City of Ottawa on Sunnyside Avenue between Bronson and Bank are under private contract until July 1st, 2016. The contractor is responsible for plant maintenance and watering. Once the contractor is finished the City will follow up with those members of the community who have volunteered to oversee their care. This follow-up will likely happen in cooperation with the Green Dreamers.

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Green Dreamers: Gardening Update

Update May 16, 2016

Thank you to all the Green Dreamers who showed up Wednesday, May 11th at the corner of Glen & Bank and Saturday, May 14th at Ossington and Bank.

Our goal on Saturday was to prepare the two garden beds at Ossington and the one at Cameron. Both these beds have been "adopted" and we will be looking to the "adopters" for guidance.

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Calling All Green Dreamers‏

GD 20160424 bank and groveTo launch this season's Old Ottawa South gardening activities, we would like to welcome all Green Dreamers to our Spring 2016 "work bees" beginning Wednesday May 11 and Saturday May 14 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
 
The goal this May is to clean up existing public garden plots, prune and cut back existing growth, and prepare for new compost Saturday May 21st.

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Calling All Green Dreamers‏

GD 20150919 wpHello Green Dreamers—Spring is here despite the late snowfall!

The crocuses may be hiding under a blanket of white snow and perennials are biding their time, preparing for their next push through mud and clay. Regardless of the weather, it's time to pull out our gardening books, thumb through "green" magazines, ponder over past successes, and devise new strategies for yet another growing season.

To launch this second year of Green Dreamer activities, we would like to welcome all of you to a gathering of the Green Dreamers on Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Firehall.

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Gardening Is a Political Act of Resistance‏

Another example of community gardening, this time from New York City's Lower East Side, in this article from the Guardian on how residents cleaned up vacant lots and created safe, green spaces that flourish even as gentrification threatens their future.

Growing Veggies on Bank Street

Another group of local volunteers has been gardening along Bank Street — this group in front of Centretown United Church in support of Centre 507. On Friday, October 23, 2015, you can join in an evening of fun (and fundraising) with a chili dinner, silent auction, door prizes, and live music from members of “OrKidstra” — details about the Fall Fling event found here.

If you happen to be walking down Bank Street just north of the Queensway you will see something unexpected — fresh vegetables growing in planters next to the sidewalk in front of Centretown United Church. A year ago there were ash trees growing in these planters but they had to be cut down, destroyed by the ash borer. Members of the congregation decided to repurpose the planters to grow vegetables for the lunches at Centre 507 located on the 2nd floor of the church. Centre 507 offers services and programs to at-risk community members. This spring the City made serious cuts to its funding resulting in the loss of 5 staff members, 3 programs and a reduced capacity to meet the needs of Centre participants. Inspired by the community gardens in Brewer Park and the efforts of OOS resident Jackie Ellis to collect unharvested produce and deliver it to the Food Bank and Centre 507, the congregation saw an opportunity to offer support to their neighbours, provide healthier, locally produced food and offer 507 participants and other volunteers a chance to learn about urban gardening and contribute to their community. The project is closely aligned to the congregation's focus on social justice and the principles of Food Sovereignty.

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Green Dreamers Fall Update

Adopt a RoadwayAs of September, the Green Dreamers received official billing from the City of Ottawa on Bank Street between the bridges! Next time you walk, cycle, or drive south from the Bank Street Bridge (or north from Billings Bridge) check out the “Adopt-a-Roadway” signage in between Aylmer & Sunnyside (and also at Riverdale). Yes, the Green Dreamers are now a double bill (in OOS anyway) with the City’s Adopt-a-Roadway Program!

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