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Book 'n Worms Garden Guild Open House

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Garden Open House

Get Into Our Beds!

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The birds are chirping and spring is on the horizon! Do you dig it? So, where are you digging? Is it at the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden?

You may not have access to your own yard or garden bed. Let the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden help! Gardening at the library can take on many forms. You may be interested in growing vegetables, flowers or your favorite herb. Your imagination is your only limit!

With 25 plots, join in and meet new people, get your family involved, exchange gardening tips and be in touch with nature.

Plots are currently available! To book your plot, contact Tracy at booknwormsgarden@gmail.ca. Follow them on Facebook: Book 'n Worms Garden Guild

Stay tuned here or check the Spring/Summer Program guide to hear about future events happening in the garden!

Ecana Community Garden: Book 'n Worms

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Have you checked out our awesome community garden? Even though fall is just around the corner, we are all busy harvesting our beautiful veggies and herbs that were planted this year. Just this weekend our beautifully painted stepping stones got implanted into the ground. If you have the time, please do check out the wonderful artwork on them.

The Books 'n Worms Garden have made this community a tighter and stronger place. It has really brought people out of their shells to interact with other people in the community. We even had a few 1st time gardeners out here learning from the pros!

FYI: The Books 'n Worms Community Garden was officially launched on June 21st of 2012. It has been slightly over a year since the ground breaking event. Can you believe that?!

Here's a video of the two community garden that the Calgary Public Library has been a part of. Check them out!

2013?

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The Forest Lawn Blog has been up and running since October 2011, we've been live for about a year and few months! Wooo Hoo!

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When people ask me "What happened in 2012?", I usually answer "It was all a blur..." However, now that we have this little blog, I thought I might take this opportunity to highlight some of the events that has happened in the past year.

  • Community Garden: The Books 'n Worms Community Garden was officially launched on June 21st. With our ground breaking celebration, there is now a Community Garden in the Forest Lawn area. By mid-July people had a chance to harvest some zucchini, lettuce, beans and radishes. I can't wait till Summer 2013 to be able to walk through the garden again! This will be THE MEETING PLACE in Forest Lawn!

  • Teen Afterschool: A program geared towards teens between the ages of 13-17 to explore, learn, and have fun outside of school hours. The program has been a great success in attracting teens of all different ages and skill levels. The library has offered programs from Yoga, Zumba, Cookie Decorating, Wii, Xbox, Drawing, and Drama just to name a few.

  • First Ever Hunger Games Challenge: Our teens were starving for a hunger games challenge, and we did just that to meet their needs! We made our own little cornucopia challenge incorporating themes and resources from the novel. Since the Hunger Games was a great success, we came up with Hunger Games Part 2! In this challenge the teens had to reenact a scene from Catching Fire in along with learning how to write a script, design costumes and much more!

  • Taste of Cultures: Every year the Taste of Culture has attracted over hundreds of people throughout the community. This was a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the diverse culture we have within this neighborhood. It was by far my favorite event to look forward to each year. I loved trying all different types of ethic food, and their outfits were amazing!

  • Refugee Experience Series: The Refugee Experience Series has really taught the teens what it's like to be a Refugee. Our biggest event was a simulation of a Refugee Camp. Even now when I see the teens they talk about how they really enjoyed that process and that they gained so much from the program. We even had the honor to have Carol Huynh share her own personal Refugee Experience.

We hope you all had a chance to participate in some of these events. If you have a story about the library in 2012 and would like to share, we would love to hear it in the comments!

Book N' Worms Community Garden

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Encana Garden Sign

On June 21st Forest Lawn Library officially open it's first ever Book N' Worms Community Garden.

The focus of the Forest Lawn Community garden has always been on “community”, and this was evident when over 70 people gathered to celebrate its official launch!

Several of the residents from the neighbouring Clifton Manor Seniors’ Residence were on hand, having made their way in their wheelchairs earlier in the day to plant their rented plot.

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Ground Breaking

Master of Ceremony Ellen Humphrey eloquently congratulated the team for their hard work and introduced the speaker: Calgary East MLA Moe Amery, Encana representative Lois Wozney and Garden Guild rep Mark Labinowicz. Ellen noted how the team not only worked to build a garden, but also undertook to beautify the whole property, cleaning up and adding flowers to the existing tree beds and shrubberies, and adding mulch to help keep them tidy.

One of the volunteers is a young Mom who worked out an arrangement for some of her friends to regularly escort and push the wheelchair-bound seniors over to the Library so they can tend their plot while enjoying the company of young children. What a wonderful cross-generational and therapeutic idea!

Garden Time!

Community Garden Stepping Stones

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Got some creative juices in you? Now is the time to let your imagination soar and become a memorable part of our garden. The stepping stones to paint for theArt fun Community Garden will be on sale for $50. All the supplies will be provided, so you don't need to worry about that! All we ask of you is to bring in the donation and your artistic talent.

Come join us on these dates:

Thursday April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday April 29th, May 6th
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Stepping Stone Painting

Community Garden on it's way...!

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Our community garden group is officially a society, known as the Book ‘N Worms Garden Guild. Planning is well underway as our teams are busy buzzing away.

The first fund-raising initiative took place on the March 29th and attracted 22 residents. The event included a presentation by the Calgary Horticultural Society’s Community Garden staff, and a sale of cement stepping stones that the buyer can paint and decorate, then add to the garden path. So far, 9 have been sold and painting sessions are being organized for families who prefer decorating their stones in a community environment.

Another fundraiser took place on March 30th, with international best-selling author Toby Hemenway speaking on home-scale permaculture.

If you would like more information or like to get involved, feel free to leave us a comment below.

Adventures in urban food growing!

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City Farmer by Lorraine JohnsonCity Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing

Author: Lorraine Johnson. Published by Greystone Books, 2010

In big cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, ubran farming is a pretty hot trend and Calgary is jumping onto that farm-fresh wagon! With community gardens already in place and farmers' markets popping up throughout the city, it's pretty evident that as Calgarians we want a new relationship with our food. While the economic benefits of growing our own produce is a definite plus to starting your own edible garden, I think there's a much bigger issue taking place. We all want to get closer to our food.

In anticipation of the 2012 opening of Forest Lawn's own community garden located at Forest Lawn Library, I thought it's time we start thinking (and talking!) about growing food in our city. City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing is a recent non-fiction book from Canadian author Lorraine Johnson and gives excellent personal insight to the role urban farming has within a uniquely North American context. Johnson, based in Toronto, is a huge advocat of getting in "close contact" with food and believes that while we may not be the ones growing the produce we eat, it's really important to learn more about all the hows, wheres, whys, whats and whens about our food so we can "make informed decisions about how we sustain ourselves". And having a connection with food can't get any closer than putting our hands elbow-deep in dirt!

Johnson's book is much more than a celebration of eating locally - writes about the role of the community garden outside of food sustenance. Community gardens are "less about food production and more about social interaction and growth". Whether it is teaching kids the responsibility of starting and caring for a vegetable garden, or coming together as a community in a form of "socially supportive gardening", starting up a community garden is all about growing and maintaining relationships with each other - the good and the bad.

This book is filled with great personal and historical anecdotes, and is an excellent introduction to urban farming - whether you're planning on being a farmer or just the consumer.

How do you feel about urban farming? And what about starting a garden in your own community? Let's start the discussion!

Community Garden Update

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Urban AgricultureThe Forest Lawn Library Community Garden is a grass roots initiative with over 25 active members to date, working towards building a garden in the spring of 2012.

The Community Garden will be lasting legacy to the residents of Greater Forest Lawn, in celebration of Calgary Public Library’s 100th birthday. It will be built on library property, on the green space along the north side of the building along 8th Avenue. Approval for the land has been secured, and funding to sustain the garden over the next five years will soon be announced.

Keep checking this site for more exciting news! The Community Garden will be planned and maintained by the residents and is a great way for the community to come together, so whether or not you have a green thumb, everyone is welcome to join the planning team.

For more information, call the Forest Lawn Library at 403-221-2070.

Come grow with us!

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Community GardensDo you live in Forest Lawn, have a green thumb and a passion for your community? Come grow with us! Planning for the community garden is underway with meetings happening monthly at Forest Lawn Library. Want to get involved? We're always looking for eager growers and active community members to be a part of this exciting garden event.

Upcoming Community Garden Meetings

Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30pm

  • November 21st, 2011
  • December 12th, 2011
  • January 23rd, 2012
  • February 27th, 2012
  • March 19th, 2012
  • April 24th, 2012

For more information, ask the staff at the desk. We'll be more than happy to help!