Meadowgreen gets Saskatoon's newest community garden

A day full of rain in Saskatoon didn't stop about one hundred volunteers from getting dirty for a good cause.

About 100 volunteers slogged through the rain to build community garden in just 1 day

About 100 volunteers slogged through the rain to build a brand new community garden in Meadowgreen. (Peter Mills/CBC)

People living in Saskatoon's Meadowgreen neighbourhood are seeing a lot of growth this morning.

Not only is the area home to many new Canadians, it now has a brand new community garden. 

About one hundred volunteers slogged through the mud to create the garden in just one day. The garden is part of the Fiskars Project Orange Thumb community gardening initiative.

Paul Tonnesen, president of the American gardening giant, said Saskatoon's Meadowgreen neighbourhood is a perfect choice for the project.

"I mean, you look at all the apartments here," Tonnesen said, pointing to dozens of nearby buildings. "They don't have their own yards. So this is something that they can own. They can get out in the sunshine and meet their neighbours."

CHEP Good Food, the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Open Door Society, and Canadian Tire also took part in the project. Gord Androsoff, community gardening coordinator at CHEP Good Food, is hoping this project inspires other communities to do the same.

"It's the fact that it's a community-building activity for the day, but beyond," Androsoff said. "The community garden tends to have that ability to integrate people from different backgrounds around a common goal of growing your own food."

Two years ago, there were only 19 community gardens in Saskatoon. There are now 34.