Oak Street Garden is a place for everyone and anyone to grow food for themselves and others and to learn about food gardening. We are a working group of OPIRG Kingston. We make decisions by consensus and have a non-hierarchical organization.
- To make Oak Street Garden a welcoming place to all.
- To provide education/recreation/socialization/nutrition for those involved.
- To improve food security in Kingston by acquiring and sharing knowledge and skills, as well as by sharing food.
There used to be a garden at this site… from sometime in the 70’s or 80’s until around 1996, people say. If you have can contribute history, stories, or photos about these days of the gardens, please let us know! All that’s been left at the garden has been decrepit water lines, compost piles, and sunken sites of old beds.
In the spring of 2008, on the suggestion of a councillor, and the cooperation of City Staff, a small group of residents desodded a 500 square-foot garden bed. We planted potatoes, plus a few other veggies that were donated to us by some local market gardeners. Over the summer, almost 700lbs of produce were passed on to local food providers by A Lovin Spoonful Food Distribution Initiative. At a harvest party on September 28, 2008, the group invited the public to sign up for plots, to participate in digging up potatoes, and to put the garden to bed. See Whig Article by Jennifer Pritchett.
During the fall of 2008, winter 2009, we will establish our governance structure, refine our policies, plow the soil, assign the plots…. and get ready for spring!
…Size (to be determined in winter ’09)
Link to an image who is at what plot in the garden. (to be created after plot draw on Feb 3)
How to Get a Garden Plot
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a response and be put on the first-come-first serve waiting list. The garden has LOTS of room for expansion, so for the forseeable future, we will be able to accommodate everyone, although you might have to wait for soil preparation (clearing the sod).
What is “OHH-PURRRG?”
The PIRG provides resources, training, ideas, and staff support. We help to organize individuals into Working Groups that work to translate concern into educated and effective action.
The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Kingston is dedicated to research, education, and action in the public interest. We are predominantly student-funded and student-run, but strive to maintain a balance of support and direction from the wider Kingston community. OPIRG Kingston exists to serve as a training ground for concerned citizens to recognize and engage the problems of society.
We’ve been in Kingston since 1992. The PIRG movement started in the 1970s and has spread to over 200 PIRGs across North America. PIRGs are democratic, independent, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-governmental organizations.