Re-Planting of Edible Garden in Centennial Square

Thank you to those who got their hands dirty at the annual community re-planting of the Small Steps Edible Garden today in Centennial Square. For the second consecutive year, the City of Victoria is partnering with Our Place Society, whose staff, family members and volunteers re-planted and will maintain and harvest vegetables and herbs to make soup for its lunch program.

Seedlings were provided by the City and included oregano, kale, chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers. Sunflowers were planted to provide colour and food in the garden. Existing plants in the edible garden include large artichoke shrubs, fig trees, goumi berries, chives, thyme and rosemary.

In 2009, the City of Victoria partnered with the LifeCycles Project Society to establish the first edible demonstration garden, converting a traditional flower bed outside of City Hall into a garden bed of edible plants to demonstrate its support for urban agriculture.

Urban gardening provides communities with a direct link to food production, empowers residents to produce fresh, local fruits and vegetables for their families and friends, promotes nutrition, and helps decrease our carbon footprint by reducing the fossil fuels used in the transportation of goods.

Our Place Society is a non-profit community service provider for the poor, disadvantaged, and homeless of Greater Victoria. From its Pandora Avenue location, Our Place Society runs a variety of life changing services, including housing, health and wellness, education, practical care, and offers up to 1,500 meals per day. Learn more about Our Place Society.