Incredible Edible Brandon
The Incredible Edible Garden Route had made its way to Brandon! Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and the municipality have teamed up with community volunteers and gardeners to bring open gardens to our city. Everyone is welcome to come and harvest some Incredible Edibles!
The idea started with Incredible Edible in Todmorden, UK, a small town in the North of England, by a group of like-minded individuals intent on enriching communities with access to local food. This idea was also discussed in a TedTalk. The movement focuses on three actions working together:
The Community Plate - growing produce and working together
The Learning Plate - providing training from field to classroom to kitchen
The Business Plate - supporting local commerce
The message is that a community garden is more than about having an isolated space to garden – it is the chance to connect and work together with the community around food and ecology. “This is more than just growing vegetables in a public space,” says Hope Switzer, Community Development Coordinator of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC) and Incredible Edible Team Lead. “It’s about working with our neighbours to take control of both where our food comes from and how it is grown - as well as what our neighbourhood looks like. We want to transform our community into a healthier, more enjoyable, and productive place for us to live in."
The self-watering planters, soon to be overflowing with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, will be positioned at various locations in the downtown area. There are a number of ways to get involved in this Incredible project, including: sponsoring a garden bed, volunteering to maintain a planter, or picking the produce to take home and eat!
The BNRC has taken the lead on the Incredible Edible Project with significant support from the City of Brandon, The Co-operators, and the Global Market. Additional sponsors include: Brandon University, CAA Manitoba, BDO Canada LLP, Western Manitoba Regional Library, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, New System Store, Meighen Haddad LLP, Zeke’s Jewellers, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, ACC Adult Collegiate, Prairie Firehouse and The Dock on Princess.
Volunteer for the IEB project
All skill levels are welcome to manage a garden planter! Print and fill out our volunteer registration form
Visit our IEB Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on this growing initiative!