the wide open field

The Commons at Grafton Lake

A core feature of the Grafton Lake Lands will be a community garden. On this page we explore ideas for how this may look.

Workshop: The Agricultural Hub Photo Gallery and article: On Sunday, May 31st, 2015, about 40 Bowen Islanders met on an overlooked little piece of land across from Grafton Lake to imagine a future community garden. Hosted by John Reid at the Orchard Recovery Centre and facilitated by Chris Corrigan and Ed Wachtman, we brainstormed, wandered the land in small groups, and wrote stories about a vision for the future of the 5 or so acres, which used to be a hayfield in the 1930s.

  • Plant a memory & plan the future The Project with No Name is now underway. Our story so far: Community workshop to brainstorm the project last May Field cleared to let in more light Well dug Power coming soon On our to do list: form the team plant the orchard name the place Seeking people not afraid to get their hands dirty Many people will ultimately be welcome to garden at Grafton, ...
  • Opening the gardens to the sun Trees in motion Several people have noticed some activity on the agricultural land across from Grafton Lake lately, so we thought it best to let you know what we are up to.  We’re preparing the site so that it will be ready in the spring for the beginnings of our community gardens. We just completed the ...
  • First Harvest at the Farm After the Community Farm workshop, the post it notes, photographs, stories, the Storytellings report and personal relationships strengthened became the first harvest from the community farm at Grafton Lake. We were lucky to have Corrina Keeling interpreting and visualizing our ideas on paper, as another lasting record of the ideas of the day. The Roadmap for ...
  • The Full Story: Ed Wachtman gets to the heart of stories about a future farm Bowen Islanders Ed Wachtman and Sheree Johnson operate StoryTellings™, featuring their research process which uses stories and a proprietary narrative analysis technique to help organizations discover the unconscious emotional motivations that drive people’s behaviour. They have been analyzing stories to draw out the deeper emotional messages for many years. We invited them to lead the ...
  • The Farm: quotes from your stories Ed Wachtman organized people in the last hour of the agricultural workshop to write personal visions of how the future at the farm beside Grafton Lake would look in the future. A wide, deep picture emerged. While we can’t pass the stories along because they were anonymous, we felt it would be okay to give ...