Greening the Gaps

Starting in 2020, a 7 year dream came to life.

Of love and support to “make the movement move.” (Nahko)

Your help is vital today and into the future of Winnipeg and the collective environments. Help to influence other cities to begin making collaborative efforts to enhance biodiversity, food security, health of humans, and development of interdependence and resilience for all.

The objectives of Greening the Gaps includes:

  1. Create structure for the development of greening projects on all categories of land.
  2. Connect the dots (separate parts) by developing sustainable alliances with com-presence.
  3. Address general lack and loss of access to basic needs for food with no added financial cost.
  4. Food secure communities with access to fresh produce all year round.
  5. To further prove that a connection with nature is integral for the health and wellness of all beings.
  6. More empowerment to live consciously as individuals and with fellow community members.
  7. Bringing life and universal love to the forgotten spaces.

Book an online call with me to listen to the full presentation (30 min)

Donations are accepted through e-transfer ~ yewtopiawpg@gmail.com

The work so far*

Healthy pollinated neighborhoods have been canvassed for resources and we are looking to match these up with recipients who are looking to enhance the outdoors and enrich their lives with access to fresh food and medicine.

Services so far ~ Tree Planting, Perennial Plots, Food Garden Program,

Tree Service

We can add a new tree, or replace a dead public tree. Includes monitoring for up to 2 years and if it does not thrive or dies, we will replace it. See what is available below:

Cherries ~ less than 1 foot $20

Maple ~ less than 1 foot $15, 1-2 ‘ $20

Ash & Elm ~ less than 1 foot $20, 1-2 ‘ $25, 2-3’ $30, 3+ feet = $40

Poplar ~ 1-3 ‘ $30, 4-6 ‘ $60

*A bit of learning: there should be no concern with transplanting a new elm or ash sapling for fear of disease. These catastrophes are mostly due to the mono-cultural planting of these species in our city spaces which leads to less resiliency to pests and disease. Climate change is also a factor which creates the right conditions for these situations to develop into such severe cases. *Greening the Gaps is hoping to alleviate the work load of urban forestry by helping to transplant in areas of most need, while they concentrate on tree and stump removal.

Perennials

Low Shrubs:

Tiger Lilies (part-shade)

Ferns (with fiddle heads to harvest when young) (shade friendly)

Hostas (part-shade)

Bushes:

Small-leaf Purple Lilac (4-5 feet high)

Food Gardens

An example of the garden expansion at Myriad Village in 2020, first cardboard over the ‘quackgrass’
Straw and manure for the next layers
Biodynamic technique of cow horn full of manure for good energy, to dig up later for a nutritious fertilizer.
Finished product after a few layers of straw, cardboard, manure/compost/soil, all set with rows for a spring seed planting

Option 1: You garden for yourself!

We are passionate about proactively designing grass free landscapes, fostering food secure families. A full food forest garden consultation is available , which offers a detailed map of where to plant the seeds, determined from a discussion of your dietary needs.

Option 2: We garden for you!

1st year we establish a foundation for the seedlings for year 2. Cost ranges from $1-2/sq ft based on amount of groundwork needed.

A plan that includes more than 250 sq ft of garden bed would increase the amount of loads of materials and work days, and an established lawn that needs upturning increases the labour required. A common example is a fenced backyard with flat grass which would be upturned and layered with a natural ‘lasagne’ layered foundation. See slideshow below showing this step-by-step process.

‘Lasagne’ Layers:

2nd and subsequent years $1/sq foot for full service includes mulching, watering coordination, applying compost tea, and weeding throughout year. You harvest based on our instructions when crops are ready!

This price can be compared to a common CSA half-share for 15 weeks or can be thought of a savings from a standard $25 – $30 weekly organic grocery shop = $375 – $450. The added benefits of the garden being in your yard is that you can skip the stress of washing of germs, while being able to see the growth each week and know that you will be nourished by the plant power of nature in due time!

Option 3: We garden for us!

This means that you are renting us a plot on your property for us to garden and sell at market. There can be varied negotiations such as if you want a certain vegetable or herb grown within this garden and we deduce this from the rental fee per season.

Option 4: We establish a plot for your neighbour!

Our accredited evaluation of the best location and service of lasagne layers for future planting, along with a match-up of a friendly neighbour that does not have access to a garden opportunity. They rent from you each year, with the unique benefit of varied negotiations as mentioned above.

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