LETTER: Response to letter about Seventh Street greenhouse

From the SEEDS board of directors …

Re: LETTER: Concerns about the Seventh Street Greenhouse, June 18

SEEDS is not proposing to install a market garden or build 55 raised beds in the public park opposite Lakeview Village, commonly known as Seventh Street Park. That was a project proposed to City Hall by Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS).

I was disheartened to read Jim’s un-researched and totally misinformed letter as it appears that he completely missed our most recent published press release, which outlines our proposed project in detail (published in the Nelson Star May 27, 2021). Complete details are available on our website at www.seedsnelson.org including a phone number and an email contact.

SEEDS Nelson has existed since 2012 and shared space with the city in their greenhouse at Lakeside Park up until 2015 when a tree destroyed it in a windstorm. In the months previous to this devastating event, SEEDS volunteers were donating upwards of 100 pounds of greens and veggies to local nonprofits such as the Women’s Centre, Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter, and Our Daily Bread.

SEEDS Nelson aims to use a decommissioned greenhouse (donated to them by the city) to re-create their green community hub in a small corner of a public park. This project will not obstruct the lake view nor remove benches or already established garden spaces. The pathways and access will be wheelchair and walker accessible. The whole park is irrigated and there will be no need to lay down extra water pipes as Mr. Ward inferred. The roadway in front of Lakeview Village is wider than many of our residential streets and the possible traffic impact will be minimal.

Seventh Street Park is a public space and should be accessible to the whole community. SEEDS Nelson is hosting a public information session on Tuesday, July 6 at 4 p.m. We look forward to working with the community and the neighbourhood.

Stephanie Myers

Liz Abraham

SEEDS Nelson board