Blueberries bring together community groups on Chippewa Creek EcoPath

Sep 13, 2017 -

Volunteers, community groups, and a local business are coming together to promote the health of Chippewa Creek and urban food production with the planting of blueberries in the Chippewa Creek EcoPath BerryPatch.

 In 2014, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, North Bay and Area Community Garden Coalition and the Nipissing Botanical Gardens (now Trees for Nipissing) came together to create the Chippewa Creek EcoPath Berry Patch by planting honeyberry, hardy bush cherries and half-high blueberries.

This year, volunteers from Union Gas joined in, adopting the EcoPath BerryPatchas part of the Adopt-the-Creek program.  Thursdaythey’ll be on hand, working with NBMCA staff,  to do some much needed maintenance and pruningat the patch including the planting of new blueberry plants to replace thosethat have died.

“The EcoPath is a community initiative to restore and enhance the natural values and heritage of Chippewa Creek through stewardship and education.  The BerryPatch is another collaborative creation that highlights the community’s care and concern for the creek,” said Sue Buckle, NBMCA Supervisor of Communications and Outreach.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDHU) has funded thenew plants in support of the community’s food charter.  Food production in urban spaces is a growingmovement, happening in backyards, boulevards and public spaces in many communities.

“This project supports the Nipissing & Area Food Charter’s vision of creating a healthy and sustainable food system in our community. Edible landscapes allow community members to learn about food production in urban settings and increase access to healthy, locally produced foods,” said Kendra Patrick, Public Health Dietitian, NBPSDHU.

The Chippewa Creek EcoPath is a 3.2km path that follows Kinsmen Trail from Thomson Park to Amelia Beach onLake Nipissing is part of a multi-faceted initiative to restore the creek andengage the community in its restoration.  

“Riparian plantings, realignment designs to prevent flooding andrestore natural habitat, education initiatives, stewardship projects such asthe EcoPath’s Adopt-the-Creek program, social media, information signage alongthe trail and www.chippewaecopath.ca are contributing to the revival of thehealth and awareness of this biodiverse treasure in North Bay,” added Buckle.

For more information on the Chippewa Creek EcoPath, visit www.chippewaecopath.ca or follow@ChippewaEcoPath on twitter.