Sunnyhill Housing Cooperative- Food Forest Pilot Project- UPDATE

Correction: Please note the date was listed incorrectly in the September Hillhurst Sunnyside Voice. The correct date for this event is Sunday September 15, 9-5pm.

Sunnyhill Housing Cooperative recently received a $3,500 grant to implement a community greening project. On Sunday September 15, 2019, Sunnyhill will be planting a Food Forest Pilot Projecton their property. The work will be done in collaboration with Sunshine Earth Works, a Calgary permaculture organization “committed to repairing the earth one yard at a time.”   

Please join us between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019.  All volunteers welcome.   Lunch will be provided and the day will conclude with a pot luck celebration and bonfire held on site.  

These grants are part of a multi-year partnership between Tree CanadaCanada’s national tree planting charity and Pembina Pipeline Corporation.  More than 230 project applications were received for the Green Canada Edible Trees program and SHC has been selected among 60 others. 

What is a food forest?   “Forest gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, and perennial vegetables that have yields directly useful to humans.”

Trees are critical to strong communities. They help us to live healthier lives by providing multiple environmental, social and economical benefits to our cities such as absorbing CO2, cooling our homes and reducing our stress. Research shows that living near trees lowers the risk of mortality from common causes and helps to improve our mental health. The effects of climate change in our cities can be mitigated by increasing our urban canopy.

Under the guidance of Jeremy Zoller and his crew from Sunshine Earth Works, the Grounds Committee, co-op members, and volunteers from Pembina and the whole community will be removing sod, preparing the soil, and planting trees and shrubs. 

Plan to join us on Sunday, September 15, 2019, in participating with our community in some healthy physical labour to bring this fabulous project to fruition (pun intended).  

Submitted by 

Pamela Boyd

SHC Grounds Committee