L-R: Stephanie Myers, Liz Abraham, April Anderson, Alan Anderson, Jon Meyer. SEEDS Nelson is set to break ground on a new greenhouse. Photo: Submitted

L-R: Stephanie Myers, Liz Abraham, April Anderson, Alan Anderson, Jon Meyer. SEEDS Nelson is set to break ground on a new greenhouse. Photo: Submitted

Dig into the new Seventh Street Park Greenhouse this spring, summer

The SEEDS Nelson project breaks ground next month

Submitted by SEEDS Nelson

The SEEDS Nelson Seventh Street Greenhouse project is shovel ready and is finally ready to break ground at the end of June. The project crew consists of city planners, an engineer, a project manager, and SEEDS Nelson volunteers including the board. They are ready to create a promising gem in the heart of this neighbourhood.

In 2018, following the destruction of their existing greenhouse in a windstorm in 2016, the City of Nelson donated the hardware from their decommissioned grow more greenhouse to SEEDS to utilize as their own space to create intergenerational programming, school tours and teaching, as well as a create a community hub.

The city also leased property at Seventh Street Park to SEEDS Nelson to erect the decommissioned hardware as a new greenhouse complete with a durable new poly cover.

Previously, the park has been with just a few raised garden beds used by the community, but SEEDS hopes to work with the neighbourhood and make the most of this sunny flat location without encroaching on other’s enjoyment of the park.

The Seventh Street Park is a sunny accessible location with existing garden beds that are enjoyed by the community the new greenhouse will be a community asset that follows on that theme.

The new greenhouse location is in the middle of some of the densest housing in Nelson surrounded by Copper and Amber Bays, Lake View Village, John’s Walk, Alpine Lake Suites, and the Graine. SEEDS Nelson will invite their neighbours and the community at large into the new greenhouse space to participate in different programs that will focus on gardening in small spaces as well as programs where they can share garden knowledge with school classes.

SEEDS Nelson would like to thank the City of Nelson and especially the planning and parks departments for their continued support and assistance with this project. This project is also supported with generous funding from the Columbia Basin Trust – known for supporting the community to grow and flourish and this project meets those criteria.

SEEDS Nelson’s funding comes from its annual calendar sales and they thank the community for their continued support of the organization during this transitional phase.

Head to www.seedsnelson.org to keep up to date on all of the SEEDS Nelson programming – sign up for their newsletter or become a member, renew membership. Please contact seedsnelsonbc@gmail.com to volunteer with the greenhouse build or if you have any questions.

The SEEDS Nelson Board looks forward to cutting a ribbon and inviting the public into the new community hub and to starting the intergenerational and school gardening programs again – with COVID-19 protocols in place, of course.

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