The Four Season Urban Agriculture Project at the Regina Food Bank includes a 2400 sq ft Quonset that was converted to an indoor green-space, thanks to an amazing contribution from Co-op Community Spaces. Within the green-space, we are utilizing Garden Tower’s to grow fresh produce. Each tower utilizes 4 sq. ft. of space and can hold up to 72 plants, within each tower is a tube that is used for vermicomposting.
Vermicomposting is the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer. At the food bank we are using red wigglers and have diverted approx. 350lbs of organic waste to feeding them. Produce that is harvested will be given to Food Bank clients and community agency partners.
The vision of this project goes beyond growing food indoors year round, unlike a traditional greenhouse that is used to grow produce for market and profit the Regina Food Bank is focused on being able to engage clients and community members in different aspects of the food system. We will provide educational opportunities and activities for people of various age groups and abilities.
Food security is a vast issue with many contributing factors, and over the years it has been recognized that there has been a loss of knowledge about how to grow food, or even where our food comes from- other than the supermarket. We hope to inspire individuals in our community to harvest the knowledge, build relationships with their neighbors and engage in community gardening to build a robust and abundant future for each other and our children.
There are many benefits to growing your own food; it improves one’s quality of life. Gardening provides an array of physical, emotional, and mental health benefits such as improved concentration and memory, stress reduction, and improved coping mechanisms. Gardens build communities, increases activism, teach nurturing skills and resiliency – but can also save you a bundle on groceries!
Did you know: According to research getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin levels – contact with soil and specific soil bacteria triggers the release of serotonin in our brain. Serotonin is a happy chemical, a natural anti-depressant and strengthens the immune system. Lack of serotonin in the brain can cause depression.
The Four Season Urban Agriculture Project has only just begun; we are currently building on partnerships to create various opportunities for volunteers, schools, individuals, community and corporate groups. If you are interested in the project and would like to learn more about it please e-mail [email protected] with your inquiry.
Otherwise, stay tuned to this page to see how this project grows!