Gardens + Orchards


Creekside Mills has been conceptualized to take advantage of lands natural benefits. In line with the food-to-table movement, fruit trees, nut trees, vegetable gardens, lavender fields and community common areas are dotted throughout the plan.  There are also areas left untouched, as environmental buffer zones for walking and hiking paths that further expand the sites footprint.  


What is RecreationAL Agriculture?


Recreational Agriculture (RA):
is a planning, policy, and design framework that focuses on integrating a wide range of sustainable food system elements into recreation/urban planning projects and neighbourhoods.


HOW ARE WE WORKING WITH RA?


The cornerstone of implementing RA is to create an recreational environment that activates and enhances all aspects of a sustainable food system through the integration - not separation - of people, their living environments and food. It’s about reconnecting people to where food comes from; designing desirable and viable site specific forms of agriculture and food activities in a range of spaces; from wild foraging areas to downtown cores.  


Agricultural Community Pillars

Marketing and Education

  1. Educational and Interpretative signage

  2. “Hands on’ plots for children to grow vegetables and fruit.

  3. Educational/presentation areas

  4. Water Collection, and recycling points.

  5. Farmers Market and Selling Point at the Main Entrance for the residents

Recreational Agriculture Types

  1. Soft-fruit trees in the public realm

  2. Perennial berry and other shrubs for edging

  3. Arbors and pergolas with fruiting vines to create shade and entrance ways.

  4. Demonstration vertical green walls

  5. Fruit Orchard: Apples, Pears.

  6. Vegetable growing area; Beans, potatoes etc

Community Garden

  1. Raised planters - for easy access, appropriate for disabled/elderly residents

  2. Trellis for climbing vines

  3. Storage sheds - Roof water collection

  4. Compost areas - Leaf litter, food arisings

  5. Individual plots for residents to grow, consume or sell grown products

  6. Community gathering points


Agricultural Site Planning