Events

The Association holds a public registration meeting in early March each year (see the main web page for date, time and place). 
Registrants at this meeting receive a discount.  Helping the association also produces a discount (see the Volunteer tab on the main
 web page).  The annual plots are tilled in May, staked by volunteer gardeners and a cubic yard of compost dumped on each plot by
a contractor that the Association hires.  Water is provided during the growing season and the pathways mowed.  Members clean-up
the gardening area on the first Saturday following Thanksgiving (if the weather does not cooperate, clean-up occurs the following day
or the following week-end).  The City maintains the access roadways, repairs the underground water system at Orient, stores the troughs that were formerly used at Anderson Road, blows the water pipelines at both sites and removes the garbage at the end of the year.


More information & photos of special events of interest may be gleaned from the following reports:

 

 

 2013 Annual General Meeting




The Gloucester Allotment Garden Association held its annual AGM on March 19, at Louis Riel High School in Blackburn Hamlet. The annual meeting is held to elect the officers of the association, to set the annual fee schedule for plot rentals, to discuss general gardening business and the program for the year, and to also hold its early registration process for the new gardening season.

 

This year there was an excellent turnout with over 150 gardeners in attendance. The current slate of Officers was returned to office for another year. In addition, President Bushell introduced a new sub-committee of volunteers to assist the committee with the on-going maintenance and cleanup duties at the two gardening locations. He explained the importance of volunteers to assist in the daily activities of the gardening group and he was hopeful that these new members would consider executive positions in the future which would help to ensure continuity of the Gardening Association.

 

Ray Vetter/ Cherril BoyerThe President also recognized the contributions of many of the community business partners and organizations. He was ever grateful for the financial and material assistance of these partners in helping to provide an effective recreational gardening program. The various organizations that were recognized included, City of Ottawa Councilor Rainer Bloess, Terri ONeil from Just Foods, and David Townsen of the Canadian Organic Growers who provide valuable workshops on organic gardening. President Bushell also recognized Ray Vetter and Cherril Boyer of  “Friends of the Mer Bleu” for their financial assistance in the Anderson water project, and lastly LaFarge Canada Inc. was thanked for their many years of support to the Gardening Association with their generous contributions of road maintenance materials and trucking. 

 

The meeting concluded with a successful registration program.

 

               2012 AGM & Registration Night was a success with an approximate attendance of 180

 

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2011 Registration Night & AGM

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Gloucester Allotment Garden Association held it's Annual General Meeting on March 8, 2011 with nearly 150 in attendance. Members received an update on the financial health of the club, new projects and a discussion paper on a few proposed changes to rules & regulations. The Election of Directors included one new Board member (John Ross) with no additional nominations from the floor.

 





Roger Award

One highlight of the evening was the recognition of two members for their service and dedication on the Board of Directors for 30 years. The presentation was made by Frank Bogdasavich on behalf of membership to surprised George Bushell and Roger Eyvindson. Frank spoke of Roger's long service as "Minister of Finance" to keep the club in the black.

He has been Treasurer of GAGA for 30 years.








George Award

 

George Bushell was described as a leader who inspires each member to work for the good of the association. He is an avid gardener, has written many articles on organic gardening and promotes good gardening practices to one and all. George has spearheaded many programs to obtain provincial & city grants for the benefit of the club. George has been the President of GAGA for 30 years.








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                                               2009 Registration Night and AGM     

The Annual Meeting of the Gloucester Allotment Gardens Association was held on March 10, 2009 at the Louis Riel High School in Blackburn Hamlet. Members have always shown a great interest and this night was no exception. In addition to the usual reports and votes of the bookkeeping nature George presented a slideshow of the Anderson Garden deer fence project. A special presentation was made to the club by the Ottawa - Carleton Wildlife Centre for our efforts of co-existing with wild life through our deer fence project.

Enjoy the the photos of Gloucester Gardens Association at the Annual Meeting.



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The Anderson Gardens Fence Project


The Gloucester Allotment Garden Assoc. took over the NCC community gardens, located near Blackburn Hamlet (one site at Orient Park Dr. and one at Anderson Rd) in 1981 when the NCC abandoned the allotment garden program throughout the region - we have just completed our 28th year of operation (the NCC operated these two sites for about 15 years prior to 1981).  We are a non-profit incorporated volunteer organization with a Board of Directors that operates about 250 garden plots for its member gardeners.  We provide both annual plots (that we till every year) and perennial plots (that the user tills) for the purpose of growing vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits.   In excess of 500 gardeners benefit from our program; families with young children, seniors, new Canadians and others from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our gardeners are primarily from the east end of Ottawa but we do have some members from Gatineau and Ottawa centre.  We have provided free plots to senior homes and to those economically dis-advantaged, and continue to offer such services whenever requested. We also encourage gardeners who grow vegetables for area Food Banks.

 Our Board and member volunteers have planned, organized, acquired and/or implemented most functions associated with the operation of 250 garden plots during the last 28 years, including publicity, registration, member liaison, web-site construction and maintenance, compost delivery and management, plot staking, tilling, acquisition of water at our Anderson Rd site, grass cutting, fall clean-up and the maintenance of the above-ground water system at our Orient Park site as well as replacing most of the water tanks at our Anderson Rd plots.  We also liaise with the City of Ottawa, who maintain access roads and the underground water system at our Orient Park site and store our Anderson Rd. water troughs during the winter season. We have also been involved, over the life of our Association, in a number of one-time projects, including the installation of underground drainage at Orient Park, the renovation of surface drainage at both of our garden locations, as well as the establishment of additional garden plots

 The Anderson Rd Gardens are located within the NCC greenbelt and are now completely surrounded by trees.  Deer, groundhog, rabbit and racoon populations have recently exploded, and find the tree growth protective and the vegetables, fruit and flowers that are grown at this garden site very tempting.  As a result, many of the plants at the Anderson Gardens have been consumed by animals over the last few years.  The site is peaceful and natural, a real treasure within the City of Ottawa.  Nevertheless, we have had a high turnover rate in recent years because of the animal damage – over 50% of gardeners have been giving up in the last couple of years.

Consequently, the Association decided to find funding to build a protective fence around the Anderson Rd. Garden site.  As the City of Ottawa was operating the Green Partnership Program (GPP), we decided to apply to this program for fence funding.  However, because this program excludes capital projects, we had to apply to the Ottawa Planning & Environmental Committee (PEC) for a funding exception. Our local Councillor, Rainer Bloess, and his assistant, Lynn Leduc, as well as a neighbouring Councillor, Bob Monette who sat on the PEC, were very helpful and persistent in acquiring the necessary funds that allowed us to buy the fence materials. Volunteers from the Anderson site erected the fence – a total of 665 hours of volunteer time were spent on planning and construction – (actual ground work started on September 8th and was essentially finished by October 24th).  You may view a slide show portraying some of the volunteers who helped build the fence at:

 

      http://gaga.ncf.ca/Deer_Fence3.html 

 

We expect great gardening in 2009 and beyond – most Anderson gardeners have already indicated that they will be returning in 2009; and we plan to open 10 new gardens at the site (five of these plots are already spoken for)!

 We are confident that the Anderson site, located in an ideal setting, will again support a beautiful and vigorous growth of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits grown by people from a wide spectrum of cultural, ethnic, age and economic backgrounds.  It will mean increased food production for gardeners with less turn-over and resignations, including a more reliable supply of vegetables for the Anderson gardeners who grow for local Food Banks.  The establishment and maintenance of healthy and productive community gardens, growing a mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs and small fruits is a wonderful addition to traditional urban recreational models that usually concentrate on city parks and sports fields.




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