With a minimal budget, multiple donations and human resources a social gathering space was developed for community use.

This summer, the Urban Roots garden project was built in collaboration with dedicated community volunteers and local businesses. Across the street from YESS (Youth Empowerment Support Services) there was a vacant City of Edmonton lot that needed some attention. The City agreed to provide the space for an urban agriculture project that engaged community on many levels.

With a minimal budget, multiple donations and human resources a social gathering space was developed for community use. The garden features floral, fruit, and vegetable gardens and areas for reflection, inspiration, and music. Youth from YESS along with mentors from the community tended the gardens, harvested its produce, and all enjoyed a wealth of benefits including engagement in the community, exercise, mental and emotional well-being, and social interaction.

The space is free to use and accessible to all. Drums and a piano were included to inspire creativity. People were encouraged to garden, learn, share, relax, play music, hold a class or host an event through the summer. The grand opening took place on June 30, 2017.

Watch the video to see how it all came together.

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