The GSA has been working diligently over the past several months to develop a comprehensive relocation plan for Kitigànensag, the GSA community garden. We have been working with Carleton Facilities Management and Planning as well as representatives of senior administration to finalize the garden’s design plans. The working design of the new garden ensures the employment of advanced permaculture techniques, maintains a highly innovative design, and incorporates a Ceremony Circle to facilitate space for Aboriginal knowledge sharing. Currently, the GSA is negotiating an increase in the garden’s size and we are awaiting final approval of the garden’s construction budget by the Carleton senior administration. Unfortunately, because of the late winter weather (which slowed the design process as snow and water prevented a comprehensive understanding of the contour and drainage paths at the new location) and the fact that the work is being contracted out by the university, it has been challenging to move the garden as quickly as previously anticipated. For this reason, we are unable to offer a growing season this year.
On the positive side, the move has been progressing. The raised beds from the original location were transferred to the new site – located behind the Nesbitt building, just north of the Rideau River and west of the softball field. However, there are a few safety issues resulting from this move that must be dealt with. For instance, there are exposed screws sticking out of the inside of the raised beds underneath the soil. In addition, the base where the shed is currently sitting is not compacted.
We would like to thank all GSA members for your patience during this process. Although we are unable to have a growing season this year, we are looking forward to having many to come.
GSA Academic Writing Group
NOTE the Acedemic writing group s on hiatus for the summer. Look for us again in September.