February 9, 2012
Garibaldi Annex School Community Garden Proposal for Development
• The Garibaldi Annex school garden was planned, built and officially opened with a beautiful community ceremony in the Spring of 2009. Since then it has steadily taken on more importance in the school life, as students learn about gardening and have developed their observational skills. The garden is currently a mixture of vegetable and herb beds. One garden bed is assigned to each division but only three of them are currently raised beds. Annual and perennial flowers decorate the perimeter of the garden itself. We also have a small apple and butternut walnut tree in the garden. In 2011, a large animal-proof composter and a tool shed were added to the garden. In the fall of 2011, the students were able to enjoy a “stone soup” made from the produce grown by the Garibaldi Garden Club. This springs, student designed signs will be installed to facilitate garden tours. For additional information, visit the Garibaldi Garden blog at
Plan: To build four additional raised beds. See plan below.
Our plan is to decrease foot traffic through the growing areas and also to make gardening more ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. To build the four raised beds (see the sketch below for dimensions and locations), we will need about 150 ft of fir 2”x 12”planks at a cost of $1/foot. Estimated 4 hours of labour will be needed to cut and screw the beds together. The wood will then be treated with Cedar Shield oil to preserve it and increase its life-span. Cost is $200/5gallons. Left-overs can be used for treating our tool shed and composter.
The beds will be filled with soil immediately to make them immovable.
Cost of Materials and Labour: To be fundraised by the Garibaldi PAC / Small Neighbourhood Grant
Our second organic manure sale is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 25th / 26th, 2012.
The plan is to have the raised beds built and treated by that date so that the raised beds can be filled with compost, manure and soil. We are hoping for an early approval date to make this happen.