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Canada: Saskatoon’s Askîy Project teaches interns how to grow food in the city and share it with others

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The new garden site (formerly the home of the Riversdale Lawn Bowling Club) is named the ketayak community kistikana, which means Elders Community Garden in the northern Michif language. (Kendall Latimer/CBC

Project, now in its 7th year, got major boost with acquisition of new parcel of land

By Kendall Latimer
CBC News
Aug 04, 2022


Each summer, the Askîy Project (Askîy means the Earth in Cree) gives a batch of interns the opportunity to learn how to plant, maintain, harvest and sell food using sustainable techniques.

The project has grown during the last seven years, but it took a big step forward after it acquired a new plot of land at the old Riversdale Lawn Bowling Club site last summer.

The additional land meant the interns could now offer food in a new way.

“This year we decided to try a community shared agriculture model (CSA),” said Terri Lynn Paulson, an urban agriculture co-ordinator with CHEP Good Food — the community organization that runs the askîy internship program.

Previously, interns were limited to growing food in containers on a “brownfield site,” meaning seeds couldn’t be sowed directly into the ground. Now, they can use an expansive, in-ground plot.

“Because we have this in-ground space, we have irrigation and it makes it a lot easier to grow more food and have more predictable yields.”

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