GROW Whistler

Welcome to GROW Whistler – The Community Greenhouse and Garden Program

All of our Greenhouses and Gardens are now full. For those who are still interested in a plot, we invite you to join our 2020 waitlist. Please note that waitlists do not carry over into the following season.

 

2020 Waitlist

 

COVID-19 Update: We are pleased to announce that all GROW programs will be resuming for the 2020 season. All registered gardeners have been notified by email and asked to read and agree to specific covid-related protocols. These can also be found by clicking on the appropriate tab below.

 

Cheakamus Gardeners COVID Protocols

Principles of General Health

We request that all gardeners follow all Public Health Advisories related to Covid-19, which at minimum are:

  1. Remain home if you or someone in your house are exhibiting signs of sickness
  2. Remain home if you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  3. Wash your hands before and after going outside
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze
  5. Give a minimum of a 2-meter distance between you and other gardeners at all times.
  6. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands often.

Additionally, we ask that all gardeners and volunteers:

  1. Avoid working in the gardens in groups larger than 2 & only with people who are from within your own housing unit. (Exceptions for a parent who may need to bring 2+ children.)
  2. If children accompany you please keep them with you to ensure the required 2m distance is maintained.
  3. Wear gloves at all times while on GROW sites.

Managing Touch Points

  1.  All gardeners are asked to buy and wear washable gardening gloves this season (and to wash them regularly).
  2.  All gardeners who plan to use shared tools are asked to bring a clean cloth with them when they go to GROW sites.
  3.  Hoses – AWARE will provide spray sanitizer at each hose bib in greenhouses and CCG for spray before and after use. All hose use to be done with gloves on.
  4.  Shared tools – We have put steps in place to continue to enable access to shared tools. Sanitizer spray will be provided by AWARE and placed with tools. Gardeners are asked to bring a clean cloth with them. On arrival spray the shared tool and wipe handles with your cloth. Once finished with the tool return to tool collection point and spray handles with sanitizer and leave to air dry.  All gardeners are of course welcome to bring their own tools.
  5.  Use of face masks is recommended, not mandatory. Simple, washable, non-medical.

Please note:

  • Shed will remain locked and a selection of shared tools will be kept outside the shed with sanitization station. Please collect and return tools to this location.
  • Sandbox will also be closed until further notice.

All gardeners are asked to stay home and separate from others if feeling unwell or displaying even mild symptoms of COVID-19. We ask gardeners to immediately communicate symptoms of COVID-19 to us at grow@awarewhistler.org as well as any concerns about COVID-19 protocols and health and safety in the GROW program. 

Click here to indicate that you have read and agree to the above protocols

COVID Protocols for Greenhouses

Principles of General Health

We request that all gardeners follow all Public Health Advisories related to Covid-19, which at minimum are:

      1. Remain home if you or someone in your house are exhibiting signs of sickness
      2. Remain home if you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
      3. Wash your hands before and after going outside
      4. Cover your cough or sneeze
      5. Give a minimum of a 2-meter distance between you and other gardeners at all times.
      6. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands often.

Additionally, we ask that all gardeners and volunteers:

      1. Avoid working in the gardens in groups larger than 2 & only with people who are from within your own housing unit. (exceptions for a parent who may need to bring 2+ children).
      2. If children accompany you please keep them with you to ensure the required 2m distance is maintained.
      3. Wear gloves at all times while on GROW sites

Managing Touch Points

      1. All gardeners are asked to buy and wear washable gardening gloves this season (and to wash them regularly).
      2. All gardeners who plan to use shared tools are asked to bring a clean cloth with them when they go to GROW sites.
      3. Hoses – AWARE will provide spray sanitizer at each hose bib in greenhouses and CCG for spray before and after use. All hose use to be done with gloves on.
      4. Shared tools – We have put steps in place to continue to enable access to shared tools. Sanitizer spray will be provided by AWARE and placed with tools. Gardeners are asked to bring a clean cloth with them. On arrival spray the shared tool and wipe handles with your cloth. Once finished with the tool return to tool collection point and spray handles with sanitizer and leave to air dry.  All gardeners are of course welcome to bring their own tools.
      5. Use of face masks is recommended, not mandatory. Simple, washable, non-medical.

Managing User Numbers

In an effort to manage site access flows and support physical distancing measures we are allotting time slots for greenhouse users based on box numbers.

If you have an EVEN numbered box you can access your garden box during the following times daily.If you have an ODD numbered box you can access your garden box during the following times daily.
8:00am – 10:00am 10:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 2:00pm2:00pm – 4:00pm
4:00pm – 6:30pm6:30pm – 8:00pm

Please only go to greenhouses during your allotted time slots to help distribute users and reduce the chance of crossover.

      1. If a greenhouse door is open there is a user inside.
      2. Please Note: It is impossible to pass a greenhouse user down the centre aisle and maintain 2m distance but in many instances the active gardener could exit the greenhouse to let a second user access a box further down greenhouse and then re-enter behind.
      3. While maintaining a 2-meter distance you can call in and see if the distance between your boxes is a 2m distance or greater. If not, please wait outside the greenhouse at a safe distance – or come back later.
      4. No more than 2 gardeners in a greenhouse at any time.

All gardeners are asked to stay home and separate from others if feeling unwell or displaying even mild symptoms of COVID-19. We ask gardeners to immediately communicate symptoms of COVID-19 to us at grow@awarewhistler.org as well as any concerns about COVID-19 protocols and health and safety in the GROW program. 

Seed and Tomato Drop off Dates

There will be an option at the end of the protocol pledge for you to indicate which date you prefer your seeds/tomatoes dropped off on your garden box. We will default those who do not indicate a drop off date to the later date.

 

Click here to indicate that you have read and agree to the above protocols

Covid-19 Volunteer Briefing Notes

The top priority is the safety of team, volunteers, gardeners and the community.

As COVID-19 continues to evolve daily, it is imperative that we implement the COVID-19 distancing and sanitization procedures that are outlined in the following protocols.

Principles of General Health

We request that all team members and volunteers follow all Public Health Advisories related to Covid-19, which at minimum are:

  • Remain home if you or someone in your house are exhibiting signs of sickness
  • Remain home if you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • Wash your hands before and after going outside
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Give a minimum of a 2-meter distance between you and other gardeners at all times.
  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands often.

Additionally, we ask that all gardeners and volunteers:

  • Avoid working in the gardens in groups larger than 2 & only with people who are from within your own housing unit.
  • Wear gloves at all times while on GROW sites.

All team members / volunteers are asked to stay home and separate from others if feeling unwell or displaying even mild symptoms of COVID-19. We encourage our team / volunteers to immediately communicate symptoms of COVID-19 to us at grow@awarewhistler.org as well as any concerns about COVID-19 protocols and health and safety in the GROW program – this includes mental health.

On the Job

  • Please maintain a 2-meter (6 foot) distance from all coworkers/volunteers, public and garden users.
  • This distancing means we can only have one team member per vehicle. If we are working with volunteers the same applies other than when people are from the same household.
  • Wear gloves at all times while on GROW sites.
  • As most public (and business related) washrooms are closed, measures to manage human comfort and sanitary conditions should be taken as appropriate – this includes keeping volunteer work session short and close to home. Please go before you go etc.
  • As always, we operate using personal vehicles and the point of assembly is the first and last site visited in a given day.
  • When working to set sites up prior to program launch date use the A-frame sign to remind people the site is closed and asking ppl to keep their distance so team / volunteers can work.
  • Any volunteer sessions will be kept intentionally small.
  • AWARE will provide handwashing / sanitizer stations on all sites for volunteer sessions.
  • Team members to set up sanitizer stations (spray and wipe cloth) in their vehicles.
  • Please wash hands before reporting to work sessions, before and after breaks, and any other time handwashing is appropriate.
  • Breaks must be taken at appropriate physical distances.
  • As most public (and business related) washrooms are closed measures to manage human comfort and sanitary conditions should be taken as appropriate – this includes keeping volunteer work session short, team members planning to access facilities at the office, etc.
  • No sharing of PPE – in the case that PPE is needed users must be issued their own set of PPE and clean after use. The main PPE we utilize are gloves and volunteers are asked to bring their own clean gloves. Masks can be provided upon request but the focus is on maintaining the 2-meter distance as per health advisories.
  • Disinfect all equipment at the start and end of each shift.
  • Disinfect your vehicle at the end of each day (including door handles & all surfaces touched).
  • Disinfect all surfaces (faucets, hoses, timers, tools, greenhouse doors, etc.) on arrival and departure.
  • Out of an abundance of caution we encourage showering and washing work clothes after site-based work sessions.

Managing Touchpoints

Across All Sites

  • All gardeners are asked to buy and wear washable gardening gloves this season (and to wash them regularly). Please bring these to volunteer sessions.
  • All gardeners who plan to use shared tools are asked to bring a clean cloth with them when they go to GROW sites.
  • Hoses – AWARE will provide spray sanitizer at each hose bib in greenhouses and CCG for spray before and after use. All hose use to be done with gloves on.
  • Shared tools – We have put steps in place to continue to enable access to shared tools. Sanitizer spray will be provided by AWARE and placed with tools. Gardeners are asked to bring a clean cloth with them. On arrival spray the shared tool and wipe handles with your cloth. Once finished with the tool return to tool collection point and spray handles with sanitizer and leave to air dry. All gardeners are of course welcome to bring their own tools and gloves are required at all times while handling shared tools.
  • Use of facemasks is recommended, not mandatory. Simple, washable, non-medical.

 

GROW Whistler

Growing Food  |  Cultivating Health  |  Building Community

AWARE’s GROW program helps people grow their own organic veggies at four greenhouse and garden locations throughout Whistler. Growing veggies close to home reduces the carbon footprint of our food, eliminates packages, and heightens our connections to our food. Community gardens are a great way to connect with neighbours, spend time outside and reap physical and mental health benefits as well delicious food.

Garden Locations & Details:

The GROW program provides users with tools, compost and all the things you need to get growing.

Space is allocated on a first come, first serve basis with gardeners from the previous year and AWARE members offered an early-bird registration each growing season. 

Cheakamus Community Garden

At Cheakamus Community Garden over a hundred 4ft x 8ft outdoor boxes are available for outdoor growing. The annual fee of $75/year for an outdoor garden box includes compost, tools and each spring we host a seed swap for people to exchange organic seeds.

Neighbourhood Greenhouses

GROW Whistler includes four greenhouses; two at Spruce Grove Park, one at Myrtle Philip School and one at Alpha Lake Park. Each greenhouse contains eighteen, 2.5ft by 8ft boxes. Greenhouse temperatures are automatically controlled and beds are irrigated by automatic watering.

The annual fee of $75/year for a greenhouse box includes a wide variety of organic seeds, soil amendments, water, a gardening guide and lots of support. As the greenhouses are fully organic closed eco-systems and in the interests of keeping them disease-free, only seeds and materials provided by the program are permitted.

 

 


New to the GROW program or growing your own food? Check out our ‘101’ guides and grower resources below.

Outdoor Gardening 101

Growing in an outdoor veggie bed this summer? Unsure where to begin or just looking for new tips and tricks to a successful growing season? Look no further, the Outdoor Gardening 101 guide will equip you with all the information you need to get your garden started this summer.

Outdoor Gardening 101

Greenhouse Gardening 101

Growing in a greenhouse this summer? Unsure where to begin or just looking for new tips and tricks to a successful growing season? Look no further, the Greenhouse Gardening 101 guide will start you off on the right foot to grow in one of our four greenhouses this season.

GreenhouseGardening101 (1)

 


 

Companion Planting Chart

It takes more than good soil, sun, and nutrients to ensure success in a garden. Time-honored gardening wisdom says that certain plants, when grown together, improve each other’s health and yields. Take a look at our companion planting chart to learn more.

 

Companion Plant Chart

Check Out Our Greenhouse Seed List

Greenhouses are closed ecosystems and growers choose their seeds from a list provided by AWARE. Over the years this list has been fine tuned to offer growers diverse options with high success and yield rates in Whistler’s short growing season. This list was created for our greenhouse growers but lots of options would work in outdoor gardens and containers.

Neighbourhood Greenhouse Seeds

 

Greenhouse gardeners order seeds directly through AWARE. Registered gardeners receive details via email.


 

Seeds Per Square Foot

For veggie boxes we love the square foot gardening approach as recommended in both 101 guides. Check out our seed distribution chart to see how many seeds to plant per square foot and make sure everything has the space it needs to grow.

Square Foot Gardening_Seed Distribution

Seed Planting Depths

Learn how deep you should plant your seeds with our ‘Seed Planting Depths’ guide.

Seed Planting Depths

 


 

Pests in the Garden

Got some friends trying to share your veggies? Find out if these insects are handy or harmful and discover some natural remedies for unwanted visitors.

Pests in my Garden

Bear Attractants

GROW gardeners pledge to keep bears wild and not plant bear attractants. Our bear attractants poster highlights varieties to avoid planting in your garden. For more on bear attractants head to bearsmart.com.

Bear Attractants

 


GROW Gardener Resources

GROW Gardener Pledge

The success of the community garden and greenhouse program is achieved through gardeners commitment and support. The Gardener Pledge highlights what it means to be a GROW member and all gardeners agree to gardener conditions around organic principles, avoiding bear attractants, looking after shared spaces, and more.

GROW Gardener Pledge

GROW Recipes

Looking for new ways to use up your fresh veggies? Look no further, here are some of our member favourites! If you have a recipe you’d like to contribute feel free to email it to grow@awarewhistler.org so we can add it.

 

GROW Contributed Recipes

 


Volunteer Hour Tracker 

Without the dedication and cooperation of each and every GROW Member, this program would not be possible. Members each complete over 4 hours outside of shared maintenance duties to contribute to this success. Track hours effortlessly over the summer months by filling your details into our Volunteer Hour Tracker (Google Form) below.

2020 GROW Volunteer Tracker

 

Looking for volunteer hour ideas? Check out our live GROW Volunteer Opportunity google doc to see how you can help out this summer.

Volunteer Opportunities

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This project was made possible by grant support from the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the ongoing support of the Resort Municipality of Whistler.


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