Estevan’s New Garden Takes Another Step Forward

ESTEVAN – Estevan City Council has given the go-ahead for the Estevan Patch Garden.

The board discussed the project at its April 11 meeting, with Chris and Bethany Paul – the two people who conceived of the concept – appearing before the board to answer questions from board members.

The garden would be located on a parcel of city land behind the water tower and Smith Street driveway, pending approval from local residents.

The idea was first discussed at the March 28 council meeting, when Bethany Paul sent a letter to the council about the possibility of a “take-out as needed” garden for members of the community. community. She noted at the start of the April 11 presentation that her husband Chris was the one with the big dream.

Bethany Paul also praised the board for the ease of this process.

“I know you’ve put a lot of effort into it,” Mayor Roy Ludwig said.

Chris Paul noted that he met with Rod March, the city’s parks and facilities manager, about available land in the city, which led to a business plan. Chris Paul was looking for about two acres of land, and if that wasn’t possible, they would downsize.

“He came by and showed me plots that I could potentially request and that might be available. That doesn’t mean I’ll get them, but I might ask. After walking around the city and what it had, I fell in love with one and made my designs around it,” said Chris Paul.

March expressed support for the location.

Paul said the requested property is best suited due to its central location. There is ample parking, a water park, play structure and outhouses nearby. Water access is adjacent to the property.

He noted that they would not set up any permanent structures on the ground; they would ensure that the grounds were maintained and presentable from April 1 to November 1. 30 per year, with year-round access to the property; and they would have proper signage of garden guidelines.

If the Town of Estevan or the municipal council deems that they are not respecting the agreement, the land can be recovered at any time.

They hope to apply for charitable status for 2023, which would allow them to apply for grants.

Les Paul also spoke to the Salvation Army about community needs and the ministry’s growing list of clients. Surplus products will be delivered to the Salvation Army or the Warm Welcome Kitchen.

Planting, watering and harvesting are all planned community events. If someone has an immediate need for products, they will be asked to check out the product stand. If it is empty, they are asked to contact the Pauls.

There will be no product pick-ups without permission, as Les Pauls must track inventory.

Council members welcomed the project. Councilor Shelly Veroba said she was delighted to see the Pauls invested in it and she thinks the location near the water tower would be ideal.

She also praised the proposed harvest dates, so people know when the best day is coming.

Councilor Kirsten Walliser appreciates that he not only cares about people’s nutritional needs, but that the Pauls also want young people to be involved and more experienced gardeners to mentor the young people.

Councilor Rebecca Foord also expressed support, but asked for consultation with locals as it could increase traffic in the lanes.

“We’re so lucky in our community that every time you have something great like this, the volunteers show up and the community,” Foord said.

In the future, they would like to have a free seed bank, offer free starter plants, offer free gardening classes, and canning and conservation workshops.

Paul pointed out that he has received great support from the community and people have already donated.

A Facebook page for the Estevan Patch has already been created and they will also have an Instagram account.

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