Representatives from Wakamow Valley Authority, CN, Tree Canada, and Communities in Bloom were proud to officially open the Community Food Orchard, located just north of the existing Mosaic Community Food Farm located in Churchill Park within Wakamow Valley.
Wakamow Valley Authority’s CEO Margaret Moran says “that the Community Orchard, made possible through a generous grant from CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up is a welcomed complement to the Mosaic Community Food Farm”. Moran further added “that it is very fitting that the orchard is located at the foot of the existing CN rail line through Moose Jaw“.
“Volunteers are a vital component to any project Wakamow undertakes and the planting of all the trees and shrubs was done with the assistance of members of the Moose Jaw Rotary Wakamow, we couldn’t have done this without their help.”
Through the CN EcoConnexions –From the Ground Up community tree-planting program in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, “CN is committed to making a positive impact on communities along our network, and we are proud to be a part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play,” said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN.
Partnering with existing community organizations that already address food security concerns is the best method of direct distribution of produce to vulnerable populations. All future fruit harvest will be distributed to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, Hunger in Moose Jaw and Riverside Mission.
Wakamow Valley encourage those who would like to support the project in the future through volunteerism or with in-kind donations to please contact Wakamow Valley Authority.