In the heart of downtown Whitehorse there is a community garden which was planted in 1998. The people who founded it? The Downtown Urban Gardeners Society (DUGS). With almost 20 seasons of growing food and flowers, these gardens are flourishing.
But gardening in the Yukon isn’t always the bees knees. With the long season comes challenges. To help understand and overcome some of the quarks associated with planting north of 60, DUGS wanted to create a way for people to share information and knowledge about gardening.
The organization approached YuKonstruct to help build a Little Free Library for gardeners to share books, magazines and other literature with one another. We were excited to help make this happen and got straight to building!
The building of the Little Free Library took 3 YuKonstruct members and 2 Highways and Public Works volunteers 4 hours to make. We assembled the box using the table saw, chop saw, drills and lots of screws. The doors of the box have plexiglass windows (donated by Northerm), hinges, and handles with magnetic fasteners. We also added a laser cut design on the doors for decoration. Lastly, we screwed on a tin roof to protect from the elements.
It has now been bolted to the side of the tool shed at the community gardens downtown. So let the resource sharing begin and bring on the next growing season!