Harvesting connections: Parkdale Cromdale celebrates Community League Day with garden fare

Sign outside the Parkdale Cromdale Community League where the 4th annual Harvest Dinner was held on Saturday September 21, 2019 in Edmonton. Nathan Martin/Postmedia

A community that grows together can eat together.

That’s what happened at the Parkdale Cromdale Community League Saturday, as residents who grew and tended to the vegetables in the shared community garden over the year came together for a harvest dinner as part of Edmonton’s Community League Day.

“It’s nice to share the harvest with everybody in the community,” said Wayne Gong, chair of the garden club.

Gong and another volunteers were still going through some of the garden Saturday afternoon, picking cherry tomatoes for the dinner. While a lot of the meal comes from the garden, some items such as fruit were donated for the menu.

Part of the community centre grounds is taken up by a hockey rink, so residents built large planter pots and put them on top of pallets. Before winter comes the community hires a forklift to come in and move the pots to the patio area so the rink can be used for skating.


Volunteers pick through the community garden at the Parkdale Cromdale Community League where the 4th annual Harvest Dinner was held as part of Community League Day on Saturday September 21, 2019 in Edmonton. Nathan Martin/Postmedia

“Volunteer-wise we’re expecting around 20 people to help out with the dinner,” said Kevin Wong, Parkdale Cromdale Community League president.

So what’s on the menu for the dinner?

“Since all the produce is harvested from the garden it’s a vegetarian meal,” said Wong about the menu of bean pesto with pasta and kale chips for a snack, as well as homemade bread and apple pie.

The meal is free for community league members, which is also followed up by a dance.

What’s the most important thing to Wong?

“It’s getting to know your neighbour and getting together and to celebrate what a neighbourhood is about,” Wong said.

This harvest is just one of over 50 events held across the city as part of Community League Day put on by the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. This year’s theme was “Getting to know your neighbours”.

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