Yes, I’d like to help

the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre Community Garden & Home Suite Hope!

Helping our neighbours grow

See You Next Spring

2016 proved to be a great summer for our Blueberry Fields Community Garden. The garden in support of Home Suite Hope yielded far more fresh fruit and vegetables than we expected.

Home Suite Hope

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Home Suite Hope that will help 26+ families and more than 80 people in the Halton Region. The services of Home Suite Hope fill a much needed gap in the shelter continuum by providing long-term housing to single parent families facing homelessness in Halton region, good people who need support beyond what is provided by emergency shelter facilities. #sharethehope

About the garden

The 5,000 sq. ft. garden is located in the Northwest corner of the shopping centre directly behind One Health Club and already contains over four dozen blueberry plants. It will have 16 raised beds of approximately 150 sq. ft. each with pathways throughout. This will make it easier to plant, water, weed and harvest. The garden will use composted manure as fertilizer and will utilize natural methods for pest and weed control. One bed will be dedicated to local school kids as their own little grow space.

How can you help?

If you can volunteer your time to assist with planting, weeding and watering, it would be greatly appreciated. We’ve already began the process of buying seeds and contacting local garden centres to get in kind donations.

Your urban farmer

I’m Ken Stockstill, your urban farmer. I've been at UOSC for 13 years as the site superintendent. My background is in gardening and agriculture. I started cutting lawns when I was just 11 years old. In high school I was a future farmer, I raised lambs, ploughed fields and worked for an entomologist (bug doctor). I've taken 9 horticultural classes at Sheridan College. The name Blueberry Fields was chosen because of my love for music. Fats Domino recorded a song named Blueberry Hill and the Beatles recorded Strawberry Fields, so I chose Blueberry Fields.

Helping our neighbours grow

Upper Oakville Shopping Centre is all about community and with that notion we wanted to create something to give back to others that can really use the help. Blueberry Fields will be a completely organic garden with all items grown being donated to a local charity. With weather permitting, we hope to launch the garden on May 14th, 2016.

May Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony had a great turn out! Thanks to all of our local shops that helped, especially The Niblick Pub, COBS Bread, Cupid's Gourmet Bakery, A Buck or Two and The UPS Store.

April's Progress

Take a look at the progress happening at Blueberry Fields this April.

First Steps

Here's a first look at the first steps into Blueberry Fields at Upper Oakville Shopping Centre.