Email sent to Mayor Nenshi & all aldermen on 15Feb11:
Dear Mayor Nenshi & Aldermen,
RE: Nenshine: The Mayor's Garden @ Old City Hall
The Calgary Food Policy Council would like to team up with your office to plant a small, albeit highly visible & symbolic food garden on the lawn outside Mayor Nenshi's office. There are numerous precedents for this across North America, including Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson & Council's Community Garden. Additionally, the CFPC teamed up with the city & Downtown Calgary to plant the Calgary Downtown Community Garden on Barclay Mall (3rd St between 5 & 6 Ave SW). It is now going into its 3rd year. Standard Life also planted the 1st Corporate Community Garden in Canada last year.
Our volunteers and technical advisors will assist your office in designing, building & maintaining the garden.
We are suggesting a small plot, roughly the size of 2 sheets of plywood or 8' x 8'. We would plant 15 small rows of the favourite vegetable of each alderman & mayor. A simple layout has been attached.
Please let me know if you would like to proceed.