Project Lead: Rachelle Niemela

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 705-822-1276

Location:

Twin Forks Community Park
1475 Gary Ave, Sudbury

Our garden is dedicated to the late Fabio Belli, Councillor 2010-2014, who was a driving force behind the establishment of our garden.

Type of garden:

Benevolent garden

All produce is shared with the community and with organizations like the Food Bank.

Residents in need are encouraged to visit our garden to get fresh produce for their families

Garden facilities:

  • Community art feature including a garden sign
  • Six 4x8 ft raised beds
  • Four 4x4 ft raised beds
  • Three 4 ft round concrete raised beds
  • One ground 4x4 bed for Best Start Hub families
  • Large area with ground beds
  • Creator Turtle Garden art feature
  • Milkweed patches for monarch butterflies
  • Pollinator garden with native wildflowers
  • Large Food Forest with fruit trees including apple, plum, and butternut trees; fruit bushes including gooseberry, current, and haskap; and ground crops like strawberry and herbs.
  • 3 rain barrels for storing water
  • Sunflower patch
  • 3 wooden compost bins
  • Access to city water
  • Gardening tools including a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes, small garden tools, and a hose
  • Utility shed
  • Picnic table in the main garden
  • Art butterfly seat in the back garden

Park facilities:

  • Public washrooms
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground facilities
  • Access to kitchen at playground building for garden events

Thank you to our our generous sponsors and partners!

  • Bob's Service Center
  • Bruce Tait Construction Ltd
  • Church of the Ascension
  • City of Greater Sudbury
  • Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury - Project Impact
  • Cyril Varney Public School
  • École publique Jean-Éthier-Blais
  • École séparée Saint-Dominique
  • The Elevate Project
  • Ellero Marble & Granite Mfg. Ltd.
  • Fruit for All
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School
  • Home Depot
  • Linda Hachez, Master Gardener
  • Lockerby Composite School
  • Lopes Ltd
  • New Sudbury Best Start Hub
  • Rainbow Concrete
  • Sudbury Community Garden Network
  • Sudbury Horticultural Society
  • Sudbury Shared Harvest
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Union Gas Limited
  • Vale
  • Will Morin, Designer Creator Turtle Garden

Garden History

2014

In fall 2014, three 4-foot circular culverts were donated by Rainbow Concrete and two beds funded by the Ward 8 Community Action Network were built with lumber that was provided at a discount from Home Depot.

2015

In 2015, we received a grant from TD Friends of the Environment and built an additional 4 beds. The Ward 8 Community Action Network, Church of the Ascension and other community volunteers helped to build the beds. We filled them with logs, and then layered triple-mix soil, Meeker's Mix (fish fertilizer donated by Vale), and vermiculite on top. This technique is called Hugelkultur and allows for aeration and the slow breakdown of nutrients contained in the logs. Our thanks to Bob's Service Center for helping to pick up supplies and soil, and to Linda Hachez for her expertise.

We partnered with the New Sudbury Best Start Hub to start seeds and plant the seedlings. Community volunteers helped over the summer to water and weed at the garden. Produce was provided free of charge to needy families in the area and to organizations like the Blue Door Soup Kitchen.

We received a Project Impact grant from the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury to build a Creator Turtle Garden. Aboriginal teacher and artist Will Morin designed the bed and began its construction in the fall. The bed was completed in 2016.

We received free fruit trees from the Fruit for All community project. These trees were planted in the summer and should produce fruit within the next few years.

In late fall, we received three 4x4 ft raised beds from a Community Garden Network project that salvaged existing beds from the demolition of Long Lake Public School. The beds were delivered thanks to Bob's Service Center.

2016

In 2016. we completed the Creator Turtle Garden and planted 300 Canada 150 tulips in the garden. We involved 280 students from Ecole St-Dominque and and 160 students from Cyril Varney Public School who planted seeds, nurtured them, and then planted the plants in the garden in June. We also worked with 10 families at the New Sudbury Best Start Hub to do the same.

In partnership with Union Gas Limited and the Community Garden Network, we installed three composters. We built a small pilot tree guild in partnership with the Community Garden Network and Fruit for All. In partnership with Lo-Ellen high school students, we retrofitted the beds donated by Long Lake Public School and these wicking gardens have reduced the amount of watering that is required in these beds.

In partnership with Fruit for All, we held tree pruning and tree guild workshops.

We planted milkweed donated by South End Greenhouse Growers, and created a sunflower ground bed.

2017

We expanding the milkweed bed, planted additional fruit trees in partnership with the Sudbury Horticultural Society, added small 4x4 foot ground bed for the small children at the Best Start Hub, and added ground beds in a new back section of the garden.

Through Healthy Community Initiatives funding, the City of Greater Sudbury installed municipal water at the park.

We used part of the back ground beds for pumpkin/squash patch, and built a spiral herb garden at the front of the garden.

In partnership with Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the Community Garden Network, we involved four local schools in our school plantings: St-Dominique, Cyril Varney, Jean-Ethier Blais and Holy Trinity, and the Best Start Hub. The program was branded as Cultivate Your Neighbourhood. Children planted seeds and nurtured them in their classrooms, then came to plant their plants in June. We also held a summer garden celebration and a fall harvest lunch involving local schools and neighbourhood children.

2018

We expanded our ground beds to accommodate more tomato, squash, zucchini, and pumpkin plantings. We set up a larger sunflower bed. We partnered with Holy Trinity school students and Johanna Westby, a local artist, to paint an "Art in the Park" community mural which will be installed in 2019. We continued to involve 4 local schools and the Best Start Hub in the Cultivate Your Neighbourhood project.

2019

We installed the Art in the Park mural, along with a community garden sign. Ground beds were reconfigured, and Sudbury Shared Harvest built additional mini food forests around our fruit trees. We expanded our milkweed patch. We received additional support at for the Cultivate Your Neighbourhood and the summer maintenance of the garden from families at Place Hurtubise. We continued to involve 4 local schools and the Churchill Best Start Hub in the Cultivate Your Neighbourhood project. We built bean and pea teepees as a new feature at the garden.

2020

Covid-19 hit, and we were unable to involve our 4 local schools and the Churchill Best Start in our Cultivate Your Neighbourhood project. We registered with Volunteer Sudbury to get more community volunteers involved as an alternative. In late April, community gardens were declared essential services by the Province of Ontario, so residents in the local area started seedlings for us, and then planted them at the garden. Covid-19 precautions, instructions for volunteers, and a Covid-19 focused orientation session were developed to make sure everyone stayed safe at the garden. The spiral herb garden was reconfigured and the mint was moved to a side bed by the picnic table. Because of staffing issues at the City of Greater Sudbury, volunteers began cutting the grass at the garden. We rejuvenated the Creator Turtle Garden with additional white stone and mulch. Our community partner Sudbury Shared Harvest expanded the food forest.

2021

Covid-19 continued, and we were again unable to run our Cultivate Your Neighbourhood project. We installed trellises for peas and beans in two of our 8x4 garden beds, built a few new ground beds, and with our partner Sudbury Shared Harvest installed a new pollinator garden in the back area of the garden. We later expanded that garden to include more pollinator plants, and a second area for milkweed for butterflies and other pollinators. Signage detailing some of the features of the garden was designed and will be printed and installed in 2022. Lopes Ltd. donated an art butterfly bench that will also be installed in 2022. A families volunteered to help paint the picnic table for the garden in a bright blue with butterfly, bees, and flowers layered on top.

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