Nurture in Nature

in Pemberton

Nurture in Nature

in Pemberton

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Nurture in Nature is a community farm hosting space for 15 families to connect with their food systems and each other; but it has the capacity to feed and teach so many more.   

The garden was created in the spring of 2020, so in these early stages of development we are designing the garden to emphasize ecological integrity while providing a space for community engagement and food security.  The garden has taken the shape of a 60 foot by 100 foot open and meandering holistic permaculture garden for all members to work together within. Currently, we have 15 garden members maintaining this garden as a holon; the design of the garden teaches our members and our community not only how to produce a yield for humans, but more importantly how to incorporate ecological diversity, habitat development, and environmental restoration into our work as stewards of the land. Our gardeners have 2-hour weekly shifts in which we share the duties of maintaining square feet of gardening space to cultivate crops for ourselves and donations to the Foodbank, learn about ecological gardening, and improve the regenerative properties of the old farm land. We have two cherry trees and one plum tree, multiple varieties of flowers and insect attractants, medicinal herbs, and nitrogen fixers scattered around to mimic natural systems and create a garden that acts like a whole ecosystem, providing food and habitat for all beings not just humans.  

Last year, we produced over 300 kg's of food for Pemberton families.  Next year, we would like to have more participants, offer more educational opportunities, and produce more food while maintaining our high expectations of environmental integrity.


Outputs

  • dried-herbs
  • eggs
  • harvest-share-boxes
  • herbal-salves
  • honey
  • teas
  • workshop-admission

Why Support Us?

Pemberton has a history of agriculture. This town is situated on an old flood plain of the Lillooet river, and as such it had wonderful soil, biodiversity, and a lot of space for farms to pop up. However, with the increase of human influence, the soil is degenerating and the use of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals is increasing. As the town is getting fuller, there are 45 families on the waitlist for a plot in the community garden run through the Stewardship Pemberton Society, which has existed for 8 years and hosts 20 plots. There is a large desire in this town to participate in the food system, but a lack of space for families, and a lack of a general understanding of how to do so while helping the environment instead of hurting it.

Who These Products Are For

Since April 2020, this venture has been providing food, connection, and a sense of security for 15 families, and is growing with the intention of inviting more participation from the community.

How

As we want to emphasize ecological integrity while providing a space for community engagement, we have designed one large, holistic, permaculture garden in which all members work together. To increase access beyond these 15 members, we have also begun to work with the Village to provide programming and educational opportunities.
Currently, we maintain this garden as a holon; the design of the garden teaches our members and our community not only how to produce a yield for humans, but more importantly how to incorporate ecological diversity, habitat development, and environmental restoration into our work as stewards of the land. Our gardeners have 2-hour weekly shifts in which we share the duties of maintaining 10,000 square feet of space to cultivate crops for ourselves and donations to the Foodbank, learn about ecological gardening, and improve the regenerative properties of the old farm land. We have two cherry trees and one plum tree, multiple varieties of flowers and insect attractants, medicinal herbs, and nitrogen fixers scattered around to mimic natural systems and create a garden that acts like a whole ecosystem, providing food and habitat for all beings not just humans.

Values

We plan to expand the capacity of this garden next year, so we can provide more food, environmental enhancement, public access to community green space, community connection, and holistic education. We believe with a little help building our capacity we can become a sustainable pillar of wholesome lifestyles and role model thriving relationships between people and land, to this as well as neighboring towns. The garden is uncertifiied organic; we are striving for closed-loop farming systems by incorporating ducks, pigs, and neighbors horse manure into our systems.
We are also working toward enhancing a natural wetland on the back of the property.

Additional Information

In the summer of 2020, during our first year of operation as a community garden, we fed 15 families in Pemberton between 2 and 5 kilo's of fresh, local, organic produce as well as donated 2 kilo's to the foodbank per week. Our total production of produce on volunteer labor was about 325 kg. This fresh and healthy produce went straight to feed local families, increased our resilience as a town, and provided the backdrop for education and inspiration for sustainability.

7865 Pemberton Meadows Rd,
Pemberton,
BC,
Canada,
V0N 2L2

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