Veggie Patch

Calling all green thumbs- young and old! The snow is melting and it’s time to start thinking about gardening. Leduc County’s Family and Community Support Services are geared up and ready to go for the second year of their community gardening program, Veggie Patch.

This early-learning program is designed for parents and caregivers with children (up to six years old) who want to learn about local gardening and the benefits to growing organic food. Families will gain valuable gardening experience while building a sense of community by working towards common goals. Families from the entire region are invited and encouraged to participate - Registration is now open and space is limited, so call now to reserve your spot for the summer (780-979-2388).

“Building on the success of last year’s program and the continued focus on locally grown food, we will be expanding to the program this year to include two sites on two different days to allow more families to get involved,” says Tonya Sabourin, Parent Link Coordinator. “We also hope to encourage healthy eating habits in children through hands-on experience and pride in growing their own food.”

This year, the young green-thumbs and their families will gather once again at Rainbow Park in Leduc to plant and harvest the communal plot. Meanwhile some young families will also have the opportunity to embark on a new adventure in intergenerational gardening where families with young children will be paired up with a senior participant from Lifestyle Options Retirement Community; they will work together to plant and tend to their shared garden box over the summer months.

The rewards of cooperation and hard work are reaped at harvest time, when each group takes home a portion of the chemical and pesticide-free vegetables that they have planted and grown. Last year the Veggie Patch community garden yielded an outstanding crop of fresh produce, 74 pounds of which were donated to the local food bank at harvest time.

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Phone: 780-979-2391

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