Lady Flower Gardens is located on a 5-acre community development garden and has shared access to a 75-acre old growth forest along the North Saskatchewan River, and a 90-person insulated yurt, which is used for community development events.
From year to year, Lady Flower Gardens (LFG) develops unique land use agreements with different member agencies. We are deliberate in partnering with agencies that support mental health and wellness with disadvantaged Edmontonians through access to wilderness and agricultural lands.
The land use agreements are as diverse as the member agencies. However, all the agreements include various land based activities that full-fill at least one of the following objectives for LFG members who are at risk of being marginalized.
1) Experiential learning i.e. - learning about the different fauna and flora in the forest while actually in the forest.
2) Community building i.e. - a collective harvest where the bulk of the product goes to Edmonton's Food Bank
3) Collaboration- i.e. resources from more than one organization are integrated (the product goes to a collective kitchen for LFG members).
These three objectives (experiential learning, community building and collaboration) can be incorporated into a number of different land based activities - horticultural, recreational, environmental, religious, culinary etc.
The land use agreements are contingent upon whatever the unique member agencies negotiate, and what resources and supports they can integrate with us and other member agencies.