Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Fruits (and Veggies) of Working Together

This past month has been a busy one at West Humber with plenty of community involvement.  We have developed a great relationship with the local Jamestown foodbank. We donate fresh produce from the garden once or twice a week and receive cardboard for sheet mulching of the paths and food scraps for our compost. We participated in an event called 'Jour Vert' organized by the Rexdale Community Health Centre.  The following are some pictures from the container garden workshop we hosted at the foodbank.  There were 12 different locations in Rexdale participating - creating more green spaces and inspiring community participation and education.

We have been planting the seeds of food security in as many schools as possible. Here is Natalie, PACT's garden coordinator from Elmbank delivering a Great Been Project starter kit to Second Street Middle School. For more information on this initiative and how to get involved visit this website:

As the school year came to a close we were feeling a little sentimental. Here is a lovely poster the WHCI Garden received for their support of a small group of dedicated students that came out to the garden weekly during the school year. The students made great progress in learning to work together and gaining life and work skills.

Despite the school year coming to a close, there is still much activity at WHCI! Here we have a grade 9 classs and their awesome trellis that they built for our cucumbers and melons.

Speaking of life and work skills, we have been involved with  a Toronto District School Board program called Focus on Youth Toronto (or FOYT) that employs students throughout the summer. Visit their website here: 
Another program that we have been involved with is the youth employment program through the Griffin Centre. This is our first year working with this great team. To learn more about the great work this organization does visit their website here:  

Our grapevine is making its way up our AWESOME bike wheel trellis.  We received a grant for this  project and if you've been following our blog you know these trellises have been popping up all over the PACT gardens.  Thank you awesome TO :
Oh and I promised you images of fresh fruits and veggies, too, didn't I?   Here they are, enjoy:

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