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Welcome to the growing season!

Community Garden 

Here at The Ville, you can rent one or more 4’x8’ raised garden beds for the growing season. Plots are $30 each, with financial assistance available when needed. We accept e-transfers at admin@theville.ca

 

We are directly on the Fredericton Transit bus route, and on the Nashwaak Trail so you can bus, walk, bike, drive, unicycle, gallop, or three-legged-race over to us at your leisure to tend your plot.

 

Any questions? We’d love to hear from you at agriculture@theville.ca.

Other Agriculture Projects:

Market Garden

We have redesigned and rebuilt our market garden. It is now composed of six 4’x32’ beds near the community garden. These beds were constructed using trench gardening, a method of garden bed construction in which trenches are dug, organic matter is dumped into the trenches (things such as wood, leaves, compost, vegetation, etc), and then the last roughly foot is filled in with garden soil. It is essentially in-ground hugelkultur. In an effort to demonstrate a variety of bed construction, our next bed or two in our market garden will be true hugelkultur, constructed this fall or early spring next year. We are also working on a new, very large bed for garlic at the front of the property.

 

Aquaponics

There had been a functioning aquaponics system in the greenhouse at the Ville at one time. The water pump related to our greenhouse’s geothermal system stopped working properly, and the entire aquaponics system was disassembled. We are now in the planning stages of building it back better. Our tentative plan is to re-establish the aquaponics system using edible fish (goldfish had previously been used), add a vertical aeroponics sub-system to one wall, a horizontal nutrient film sub-system to another wall, plumb in one of the existing grow beds for it to be our deep water culture sub-system, and leave the other existing grow bed pretty much as is for it to be our flood and drain sub-system (the only change being that it will be controlled by an automatic siphon instead of a timer). All sub-systems will be plumbed into one overall system, allowing us to demonstrate a wide variety of systems typically used in hydroponics but, for us, as aquaponics.

Beneficial Insects Garden

This display, to be installed in the oval earthen island in the main parking lot, will demonstrate the use of certain perennial plants to support beneficial insects. It will consist of six circular groupings of plants, with each grouping representing a different beneficial insect (butterflies, bees, braconid wasps, ladybugs, soldier beetles, and lacewings) by being composed of the plants that each uses for forage, shelter, breeding, etc. Six to ten ‘insect condos’ will also be part of the display. These rectangular wooden structures will consist of various compartments, each providing some benefit to beneficial insects, being filled with such materials as leaves, sticks, piles of rocks, bamboo tubes, etc. The display will also feature plenty of educational signage explaining all of the ways in which the insects benefit from the plants and insect condos.

Compost Tea

Compost tea fills the soil with microbes that form symbiotic relationships with the plants. We have recently started experimenting with compost tea recipes, trying to figure out how much sugar should be added and how often, how much aeration is needed, how many days it takes for a batch to be full of microbes, what sources of microbes to use, and what additives support the growth of the microbes. We are nearly ready to move to the next stage: establishing and maintaining continuous compost tea batches in large drums for us and our community gardeners to use on a regular basis.

 

Workshops

Tis’ almost the season, during the winter, when not much can be done outside. During this time, the Agriculture Department will be designing workshops to be presented during the winter, into the spring of next year, and through the summer and fall. These workshops, tentatively, will include Basic Gardening, Permaculture Principles, Seed Saving, Creative Recycling, Aquaponics, Tree Planting and Pruning, Introduction to Composting, and Vermicomposting.

The Ville relies on the support of our community to operate. By donating items on our wish list you can directly support our projects. In the spirit of sustainability the Ville often uses repurposed and recycled items in many of our projects.

If you are able to donate any of the following items please reach out and message us at admin@theville.ca or call the office at 506-457-1717 to setup a pickup/dropoff!

Community Garden

  • Watering cans

  • 60 2x6s and 5 2x4s, cedar lumber (for new garden beds)

  • Knee pads
     

Demonstration/Donation Gardens

  • Spool of garden twist tie

  • Tarps

  • Fruit tree mouse guards/ tree trunk protector

  • 12 7- or 8-foot steel t-rails (to better hold up our trellis)
     

Greenhouse Aquaponics

  • Dissolved oxygen meter

  • inch thick polystyrene foam sheets (3)

  • PVC pipe (any length and width scraps)

  • Large amounts of the wax from Baby Belle cheese
     

Reconnect Afterschool Program

  • Children's books

  • Children's art supplies

  • Storage (containers, shelving)

  • Sports equipment

  • Classroom Decor


 

Woodshop

  • C-Clamps

  • Planers

  • Sanders

  • Tool Cabinets

  • Handsaws & other non-power tools

  • Handheld metal detector

Miscellaneous

  • Garden hoses (broken or not)

  • Garden hose spool/holder/racks

  • 45" T5 fluorescent lightbulbs

  • Pickaxe

  • Chalkboard paint

  • USB-C to HDMI cord

  • Basketball net netting (2)

  • 4.5-inch PVC pipe caps (2)

  • Used lumber

  • Single-serving yogurt containers

  • Exterior caulking

  • Pure ammonia

  • Insect repellent

  • An upright refrigerator with a glass door

  • Burlap

  • ½ inch dowels

  • Seeds of any type

  • Metal outdoor firepit

  • Landscaping fabric

Beneficial Insect Garden

  • Milkweed

  • Lavender

  • Catmint

  • Black-eyed Susan

  • Oxeye Daisy

  • Goldenrod

  • Serviceberry

  • Aster (blue)

  • Aster (red)

  • Yarrow

  • Butterfly weed

  • Mulberry

  • Spring Beauty (red)

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Staghorn sumac

  • Tansy

  • Penstemon (blue)

  • Willow

  • 8.5”x11” laminating sheets

  • 11 sheets of 4’x8’ 1/2-inch plywood

  • 5 8-foot 4”x4” posts

  • Paint: 2 standard-sized cans of exterior primer and 2 exterior latex

  • 4x4 post spikes (10
     

Compost Tea

  • Aquarium air pumps

  • Glass microscope slide covers

  • Burlap sacks (8-16)

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