Incredible Edible Brandon
Inspired by a Ted Talk from the UK, one of our members Hope Switzer, from the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation brought the Incredible Edible Project to fruition here in Brandon (pun intended). The project is comprised of self-watering planters growing a variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits throughout the downtown area sponsored by local organizations. Everyone is welcome to come and harvest some Incredible Edibles!
"There are a number of ways to get involved in this Incredible project, including sponsoring a garden bed, volunteering to maintain a planter, or picking the produce to take home and eat!
The BNRC has taken the lead on the Incredible Edible Project with significant support from the City of Brandon, The Co-operators, and the Global Market. Additional sponsors include Brandon University, CAA Manitoba, BDO Canada LLP, Western Manitoba Regional Library, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, New System Store, Meighen Haddad LLP, Zeke’s Jewellers, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Westoba Credit Union" (BNRC accessed June 12, 2017).
A clean community is a healthy community. Brandon in Bloom and the Brandon Environment Committee encourages all organizations, businesses, community groups and individuals to do their part in helping to keep our city clean and green. If you would like to organize a clean-up here in the City please contact 204.729.2171 and we would be happy to supply you with bags and gloves.
Bee City Brandon
In May of 2018 the City of Brandon was designated the first Bee City in Manitoba by Bee City Canada.
According to Bee City Canada, a Bee City raises awareness of pollinator diversity and the benefits of using native plants in habitat restoration. Cost benefits abound in using native plants. For example, water usage is reduced and there is a plant cost advantage using perennials over annuals. Lawns cost the most to maintain. It just makes good sense to plant a pollinator garden!
A working group called Bee City Brandon aims to educate the residents of Brandon on the importance native bees play in our life. You can like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @beecitybrandon.
Bee City Canada offers designation programs for schools, campuses and businesses and has a variety of resources available to learn all about the bees! Get your organization involved!