Spring Ridge Commons - Community
Photo: August 2015
This premier site for small scale urban permaculture has been visited by over 20,000 people over the last 15+ years of being a living laboratory for food, medicine and functional plants. Spring Ridge Commons serves as a source of free food, a learning environment, a community space and most importantly a place of beauty, nature and solitude.
As a community urban food forest / permaculture garden, Spring Ridge Commons has progressed tremendously from its days as a gravel site:
Current Situation: The Commons is needing lots of TLC at this time and on-site effort is needed to tidy up several area of the Commons and begin dealing with some major on-site challenges (couch grass and other invasive plants). We would also like to make more progress in the north east section of the Commons by completing the community mural and by beautifying and designing the area by the mural.
While much work has already be done in the Commons, more work is needing to be done ...... From time to time, we have groups (Victoria Green Team, UVic Geography Class and UVic Summer Camp kids) which are great because a lot of awesome work gets done. However, we need more people to volunteer at our weekly Bee in the Garden (although we do get a lot of people joining us for tea and conversation) and/ or at other times.
Current Financial Situation: Water used on site is paid for by the Fernwood NRG; Leaf mulch and wood chips are dropped by from time to time by the City of Victoria Parks (+Others). There are no funds for other things so volunteers have had to pay for things out of their own pocket, request donations of items (i.e. hose, $ for signage for Garry Oak Meadow + Native Plant Garden), and receive donation of items and services (i.e. a beautiful driftwood bench appeared in the Commons, wheel barrow, consultations).
More info about Spring Ridge Commons:
Donations to the garden would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to drop off a donation to Bee in the Garden on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Your contributions will help Spring Ridge Commons be a vibrant and beautiful community urban food forest / permaculture garden which everyone who visits will be able to enjoy and learn from.
Coordinator, Spring Ridge Commons
Expenditures include: $30.00 to Mikael Jahmal for re-painting of a bench and repair of cardboard bin, $15.74 for domain renewal of springridgecommons.ca
Expenditures include: $60.00 to Mikael Jahmal re: rain garden installation and work in northeast section of the Commons by the Community Mural; $60.00 to Sean Newton re: Breaking down of branches, etc. $20 for garden gloves.
Much gratitude to our donors/supporters.
Recent expenditures consisted of payments to the following people for work at Spring Ridge Commons:
Marek Losinski ($140.00) Mikael Jahmal ($100.00)
Brent Howard ($100.00) Sean Newton ($45.00) and laundering of Glove ($10.00)
Paul Phillips Hall + Little Fernwood Gallery,
Fernwood Community Association Building, 1923 Fernwood Rd
Seasonal Arts & Crafts Morning for Women:
A Seasonal Arts and Crafts Morning for Women has been organized in the Paul Phillips Hall. An opportunity to have fun, learn and support our community urban food forest at the same time!
For this Seasonal Arts and Crafts morning, there will be a variety of arts and crafts supplies available for you to use and there will be also crafters on hand to get you started on different projects. Possible projects include: decorating star dough ornaments, folding origami santas and window stars, creating your own gift cards, boxes, wrapping paper or gift tags.
Cost will be $15 to $20 per person (sliding scale). Please contact Linda at 250-380-6383 or email@example.com to register.Only 10 people can be accommodated so register asap!
Fundraising Sale of Arts & Crafts for Spring Ridge Commons:
Spring Ridge Commons is a community urban food forest in Victoria, which has been in existence for over 15 years. This permaculture garden, located on the corner of Gladstone Ave and Chambers St. in Fernwood, is needing our help.
To this end, there will be a Fundraising Sale of Arts & Crafts in the adjoining Little Fernwood Gallery on Sat. morning. Some of the offerings included will be:
– Lithographs by Lou Hammond
– Art cards by Alison MacKinnon
– Salt dough ornaments by Anne Hoban
– Origami Gift Cards by Linda Chan
– Needle felting creations by Linda Chan
– Window stars by Linda Chan
– Diaper babies by Highgate Lodge Craft Club
– Origami instructional books by various authors
100% proceeds of both the Seasonal Arts and Crafts Morning for Women and the Fundraising Sale of Arts & Crafts for Spring Ridge Commons will go directly toward supporting Spring Ridge Commons in its on-site efforts for the month of December.
Directions: The Little Fernwood Gallery and Paul Phillips Hall are located at 1923 Fernwood Rd in the Fernwood Community Association Building, which is the building beside the Cornerstone Cafe.
Parking is available in the Victoria High School Parking Lot across from the Fernwood Community Centre on Gladstone Avenue.
For more info: http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=2041
About Spring Ridge Commons is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largest public permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. This premier site for small scale urban permaculture has been visited by over 20,000 people over the last 15+ years of being a living laboratory for food, medicine and functional plants. Spring Ridge Commons serves as a source of free food, a learning environment, a community space and most importantly a place of beauty, nature and solitude. Please visit: http://springridgecommons.ca for more information.
Beautiful green spaces have become almost obsolete in Victoria – – we need places to wander on paths – through the flowers and the edibles – to nibble a berry and to feel ourselves moving in a flow between two streets . . . thank you Spring Ridge for being there and being there and staying there – for the bees and the trees and us 2 leggeds also. — Ann Jacob – Spring Ridge Commons Facebook Comment Sept 12, 2015
Spring Ridge Commons is a shining example of what every neighbourhood could and in our opinion should strive for. A forest of food available for anyone in the community to eat and share space together, learn and play.
In today’s changing world there are a rather large growing number of reasons to protect and replicate these spaces, learning and adjusting as we go.
Many thanks to all involved and to those who have and continue to support the commons with a great amount of time and energy. The food forest you steward was a big portion of the spark that inspired the creation of Edible Living Landscapes.— Josh Wagler, Nick Poeta and Marc Demontigny, Edible Living Landscapes – Spring Ridge Commons Facebook Comment Sept 30, 2015
I want to point out that what we have with Spring Ridge Commons is not only something what many cities would literally drool over, are trying to figure out how to do, it is one of the boldest examples, ahead of its time, I know of anywhere in the entire region. It is really a special space in those regards. —Mike Simpson, Permaculture Design Teacher – Spring Ridge Commons Public Meeting Sept 2014
I have loved Spring Ridge Commons for years and was glad to introduce the gardens to my son over the last two summers-he ran around, down the paths, over the small slopes the entire time, stopping only to smell the flowers:) The existence of such a garden is key to a modern community in my opinion-it motivates, inspires and teaches people how to do this in their own small, and larger spaces. It also creates a natural gathering space in a increasingly urban world. — Anna Parkes, Facebook Posting in Victoria Permaculture, Nov 23, 2015