Help ReThink Red Deer Raise the Roof at Piper Creek!
For the last five years, an ambitious group of organizations, businesses, and volunteers have been busy as beavers at the Piper Creek Community Gardens. Together, we've done some cool things like install one of Canada's largest Food Forests and Pollinator Gardens, restore the banks of Piper Creek, and plant lots of new beaver habitat! Oh ya, AND we hosted some hungry goats with the City's Parks Department!
But last summer, we were sad to see the old iconic barn be demolished for safety reasons. The site looks so empty now, in spite of all the beautiful plants growing. It's just not the same when you know what it looked like before.
SO, to wrap things up in our final year, we're teaming up with our friends at Top Peg Timber Frame Construction and the Timber Framers Guild! We plan to host a community barn raising that will replace the beloved structure... but we need YOUR help to do it. We've secured a $25,000 grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation to host the timber framers and coordinate the project but we still need funds (or corporate sponsors!) to get the materials and equipment that most grants out there just won't cover.
SO, we're tapping into the power of the crowd with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this summer!
The barn will be an open-air timber frame structure to harvest rainwater for the planted areas of the site and the walls will serve as space for installing pollinator habitat with the help of Living Lands Landscape and Design (making it Canada's largest pollinator hotel) and support - in a BIG way - the City of Red Deer's Pollinator Parks initiative!
Here's the schedule of events in support of the campaign (updated July 16):
- Thursday, July 19 - Meet & Bleet - meet the goats at Piper Creek Community Gardens (9:30am to 1:00pm)
- Thursday, July 19 - Green Drinks at Piper Creek Community Gardens (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables (non-alcoholic)!
- Wednesday, August 1 - Green Drinks at Troubled Monk (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables!
- Saturday, August 4 - Campaign Kick-Off at the Red Deer Public Market (8am to 12pm)
- Wednesday, August 15 - Green Drinks at Troubled Monk (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables!
- Saturday, August 18 - AB Open Farm Days BBQ at Piper Creek Community Gardens (10am to 5:00pm)
- Timber Frame Demo - spiffy biffy completion
- Tours of the Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden
- Wednesday, August 29 - Green Drinks at Troubled Monk (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables!
- Wednesday, September 12 - Green Drinks at Troubled Monk (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables!
- Wednesday, September 26 - Green Drinks at Troubled Monk (5pm to 8pm) - prizes and sociables!
- September 28 - 30 - AB Culture Days at Piper Creek Community Gardens (10am to 5:00pm)
- "Timber Frame Friday" - Timber Frame Demos - project sign making, tours of the Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden
- "Pollinator Saturday" - Timber Frame Demos - hand-crafted timber frame pollinator hotel, tours of the Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden
- Garlic City Market (garlic festival) - Farmers Market, various demos, scythe vs. brush cutter challenge, tours of the Canada 150 Food Forest and Pollinator Garden
Stay tuned for all the great details and, in the meantime, check out our progress with salvaging the barn wood siding last summer before it was demolished:
About the Timber Framers Guild
The Timber Framers Guild (TFG) is committed to connecting with communities and people, sharing the story of timber framing, and learning and teaching through doing.
To that end, they work with localities, non-profit organizations, and coalitions of organizations to build beautiful timber frame structures that will benefit and strengthen the people and places where we all work and live - as well as those far from our own homes. These structures enrich not only the lives of the people they serve - offering new gathering places in the form of farmers' market pavilions, amphitheatres, bridges, and community centers - they enrich the lives of TFG members as together we build skills and knowledge, meet new people, and rally behind a worthy project, working together to bring it to life.
Since 1985, the Timber Framers Guild has raised nearly 100 timber frames for communities across North America and beyond. The majority are public or non-profit buildings.
ReThink Red Deer and supporting organizations are aiming to host a community barn raising with members of the Timber Framers Guild to replace the barn removed in the summer of 2017 at the Piper Creek project site. The proposed barn is designed as an open-air timber frame structure to demonstrate green building while providing valuable services including rainwater harvesting and pollinator habitat built into the walls to serve as Red Deer's (and likely Canada's) largest pollinator hotel...!
Stay tuned for a special crowdfunding campaign this summer to help raise the funds to raise the roof! More details TBA
In the meantime, check out the Raising Pemberton video for an idea of what Timber Frame Barn Raising is all about: