The Manitoba Métis Federation hopes to fight hunger within its population with a new community garden.
The MMF has been working throughout the summer setting up a 30-box public garden on Sixth Street between Van Horne and McTavish avenues with hopes of getting a little planting in before the frost descends on Brandon.
“It’s building social capital and there’s food insecurity here in Brandon, particularity within the Métis population,” said knowledge network
co-ordinator Kris Desjarlais, adding he hopes the project might also curb chronic disease.
But the garden, which will be fully operational next year, isn’t just for the Métis population. There are 10 beds reserved for others in the community to use, with one being donated to the nearby daycare. Another bed will be used strictly for indigenous herbs.
“We’re educating our population about what used to be grown in and around Brandon,” Desjarlais said. “Some of which maybe even the current Métis community members don’t know about.”
By including raised beds, another goal is for the elders and small children to plant in the same garden to create “intergenerational cohesion” within the Métis community, he said.
Healthy Brandon and the National Research Council funded the project, with several donations from local businesses and help from individuals from Brandon’s community gardens.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 7, 2013