Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Frequently Asked Questions | 2018 Season

Welcome to the Cornell Community Garden! 
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. 

Where is the garden?
At Murray Wilson Dr. and Almira Ave., behind the Yee Hong Centre.

Who owns the land?
The City of Markham owns the land and has approved its use for the garden for a 5-year term. We are currently in year 3.

Who paid for the garden?
Initial construction was paid for by the City of Markham, as part of its sustainability initiative. The benches, shed and raised beds were paid for by generous sponsors in our community. Ongoing running costs are paid for by a $40 annual membership fee and the fundraising efforts of our committee.

Is the garden open to everyone?
The garden is unlocked during daytime hours (roughly between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.) and is meant for everyone to enjoy. Please look around, relax on the benches, and chat with members who may be working at that time. The area outside the fence is designated as the Children’s Garden. We encourage you to bring your kids to play and learn in this space.

Is this an allotment garden?
No. Unlike an allotment garden, in which each member rents a space for their own use, the Cornell Community Garden is communal. Approximately 30 member families work in all areas on a set schedule and share everything that is harvested.

What is the time commitment?
Members are expected to work one day a week for 1-2 hours from May to October as well as two group workdays at the beginning and end of the season.  We understand that most people will be unavailable a couple of weeks in the summer; trading off work days with other members is allowed and encouraged.  

Who decides what’s planted? Who gets to eat the vegetables?
All planting and harvesting within the fenced area is organized by the garden’s executive committee. Each garden member receives a share of what is harvested that week. One bed is dedicated to the Food Bank, and any unwanted items from members’ shares are added to this donation.

Anyone is welcome to enjoy the vegetables growing in the unfenced Children’s Garden, as well as in the herb garden just to the left of the main gate.

Can I join?
Yes! We still have some spots open for 2018. Membership priority is given to returning members, then to Cornell residents, then to residents of adjacent neighbourhoods (e.g., Boxgrove). Once these fill we will maintain a waitlist. Please email us to find out the current membership status.

How can I get in touch or find out more?
Check out the pages above, or email us at cornellcommunitygarden@gmail.com.


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