A community garden project for residents of Hamilton Crescent, in the city’s east end, aims at teaching children about health and nutrition in a fun and hands-on way.
Leading the project, the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, in partnership with Cornwall Housing Corporation will be on hand a couple of days a week to oversee the garden throughout the summer.
There are 18 plots available for residents on a first come first serve basis, said Corrie D’Alessio of the SVCHC. Families will work the plots with the help of volunteers.
Organic farmer, Diana Freeman, is the lead volunteer will be, and will be sharing her knowledge with the families, showing different techniques.
As well as the garden and all the good it will reap there will also be ongoing gardening activities for children related to health and nutrition.
“I love gardening and know what a difference it makes on your grocery bill at the end of the week, said Freeman. “We will be growing beans, carrots, lettuce, squash, tomatoes, green peppers - everything and anything.”
As well as traditional garden fare, participants will explore more unique produce such as watermelon radishes and multi coloured carrots.
“I want to show that gardening can be fun,” said Freeman.
“The garden project has been going on for a number of years, with varying levels of participation, but it’s been a huge success,” said Chris Chevalier, of the Cornwall Housing Corporation. “We’re very excited about this partnership with the SVCHC.
The project is supported by a grant from the United Way Success by Six funded by Rachel’s Kids.