The Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism is the provincial headquarters of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Located adjacent to Memorial University and the Health Sciences, the centre has a diversified program portfolio which provides social, education and employment opportunities for individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The centre has been proactive in employing social enterprise models to its daily operations. As a charitable organization, revenue development is key in being able to provide the world class programs and services we currently offer.
One of those social enterprises we are currently developing is a community garden. The 24 plot, plus 3 demonstration plot, garden will be opened in the spring of 2014. The ASNL plans to create a functioning community garden and allow individuals from the broader community access to the garden plots on a yearly basis. Individuals will be able to rent plots and grow their own produce during the year. It will also provide an employment and educational opportunity for our clients. They will have the opportunity to work a certain number of beds. We will offer our services to the public to tend their beds for a small fee for the year.
The issue with our community garden is the access to a water supply. Currently we use the water supply from the main building through either the hose of a regular household garden hose or with water cans. This is a large cost that we would hope to avoid as are using water from the cities supply. The community garden is located on a part of our property which is close to Long Pond and stream which feeds the pond.
We are looking for an individual or group to develop a water supply system from the nearby available sources so as to eliminate the need to tap into the existing supply lines from our main building. thus eliminating s cost.