Nanoose Community Services (NCS) is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to create a community garden for NCS clients to grow their own produce with the assistance and engagement of a variety of groups and businesses within Nanoose Bay.
This project will create a collective space to grow fresh produce for NCS Food Program clients with the help and encouragement of various community members. Some plots will be assigned to client families of NCS who wish to grow their own produce, additional space will be allotted to volunteers to tend the garden to produce food for less able clients.
Our goal is not only to enhance and complement what our clients currently purchase with their food cards but to offer a social and recreational place for the families involved as well as community volunteers. It is anticipated that participants will learn not only basic gardening skills but also healthy eating and will gain an increased understanding of the local food system and sustainable food systems. Engagement of local businesses in the provision of advice and supplies will further their understanding and support for the services that NCS provides.
The impacts of this project are multiple – touching both our clients and community volunteers. Client families will benefit from dietary improvement, greater confidence in their ability to help themselves, and the social interaction with others in the community. Volunteers will profit from working with clients giving them a better understanding, and appreciation for, their less fortunate neighbours.
Volunteers will profit from working with clients giving them a better understanding, and appreciation for, their less fortunate neighbours.
For an update on our progress click here.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities (construction, planting, teaching, maintenance) please fill in the following form.