Projects - Burin Peninsula Environmental Reform Committee
Funding Amount: $19,900
Sector: Education, Policy and Research
Current Status: In Progress
Estimate GHG reduction Potential: Unknown
With Provincial Government support of $19,900, an organic community garden has been created in Burin to help introduce environmental leadership practices. The Burin Peninsula Environmental Reform Committee (BPERC), with assistance from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, has established a garden that will have positive environmental impacts such as production of fresh, healthy produce for the residents of the Burin Peninsula, greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and waste reduction through composting.
One goal of the project was to help sustain the environment and teach individuals, particularly our youth, about sustainable practices such as community gardens, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through hands-on experience, members of the community will learn about the relationship between plants and people, help create green spaces and provide a local alternative for organically-grown healthy produce.
The environmental reform committee partnered with the local town council and a piece of land near the council office was converted into the organic garden. Root crops such as carrots and potatoes, along with pumpkins, lettuce, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and spinach have been planted and will be distributed to the local schools and food banks after harvesting. A community composing drop-off for the Burin area has also been established at the site.