Community Stories:

Fort Macleod - Edible Planters

Community Health Champions (CHC) in partnership with the Fort Macleod Environment Committee, and the Town of Fort Macleod, wanted to increase access to healthy food options and embarked on a creative project over the summers of 2017/18.

The initiative was simple and yet effective: edible plants were added to garden pots in and around the community for anyone to access.

The team planted edibles plants including, beans and peppers into barrels that were already available on Main Street. Colorful signs explaining the project were added to the barrels with messages that the edibles were free to take.

Volunteers also planted strawberries and kale at the hospital with similar messages encouraging people to sample and share.

As this was a collaborative project, the Environment committee maintained the barrels on Main Street, while CHC members maintained the plants at the hospital.

The kale lettuce and strawberries were in a planter that was highly visible and many conversations took place between staff and visitors about the edible good- everyone liked the idea of providing free access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. Staff also noted that the edibles had been used/taken by their clients and those who need it most.

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