Harvest Kenora Collective
Welcome to the Harvest Kenora Collective!
Harvest Kenora began in the late winter/early spring of 2019 as a series of conversations between members of the newly formed group Climate Action Kenora.
We discovered a unifying concern about the global industrial food system, its impacts on people and the planet, and its ability to provide our community with food in the coming decades, particularly in a time of Climate Change.
We also discovered that we shared a love of growing food, and that between us we had a wealth of gardening and small-scale farming experience that we could offer our community.
Rather than seeking to buy land that we couldn’t afford, we wanted to create a micro farm on urban green space close to where people lived, so that they could be a part of growing their own food and have the micro farm be a part of their community.
So we set to work finding a location, starting seeds, getting permission from the City of Kenora, and consulting community members.
The support for our project blew us away and in the span of a few months our vision was becoming a reality. On May 21st, 2019, 20 people came to help us break ground at our raised bed making workshop, and the Home Run Gardens were born.
Our model differs from a community garden in that rather than individuals having access to and responsibility for their own small garden plots, Harvest Kenora leadership designs, organizes, and facilitates the micro farm, and community members from all over Kenora and beyond have access to the micro farm.
Harvest Kenora organizes workshops and twice weekly garden parties. In exchange for their attendance and effort at these events, participants receive seasonal produce.
Gardening in this way builds community as well as skills and knowledge. It is a joy to share this work with others, and it doesn’t feel like work when there are many hands involved.
The community support continues and the membership grows as we enjoy the hustle and bustle of our 3rd growing season.