Edible Garden at City Hall to Benefit Our Place
June 7, 2013
This morning, Our Place Society staff, family members and volunteers came together for the annual re-planting of the Small Steps Edible Garden in Centennial Square. This year, Our Place will maintain and harvest the garden's vegetables and herbs to make soup for their lunch program.
Existing plants in the edible garden included large artichoke shrubs, fig trees, goumi berries, chives, thyme and rosemary. New seedlings provided by the City and Our Place for planting included potatoes, carrots, parsnips, peas, kale, purple orach (Mountain spinach), tomatillos (green tomatoes), as well as chard and strawberries. Additional herbs planted today consisted of rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, chives and lavender. Nasturtiums, marigolds and sunflowers were added to provide colour and food in the garden.
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. For more information, visit: www.ourplacesociety.com
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