“This is an opportunity for those who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment in the community. They can hone skills and learn how to be good employees and take responsibility for a piece of the garden and we’ve seen people really blossom,” says Anderson.
By April Robinson, Fundraising and Event Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce.
Feb 23, 2017
Our successful community garden project has been a valuable part of the community for the last five years. The garden sits on previously unused surplus parkland, leased to us by the City of Owen Sound; what started as a few raised garden plots built on an abandoned tennis court, has now grown into a garden with 69 raised beds, a greenhouse, and a large compost area.
The garden is cared for by 12 paid seasonal employees, all of whom live with mental health challenges. For some this was their first job and they have returned each summer since the start of the program. In addition to desperately needed employment opportunities, the garden provides fresh produce for our agency’s daily brunch program, feeding up to 60 individuals in Owen Sound daily year round.