Garden Programs

Learning to grow your own fruits and vegetables with whatever space, time and resources you have available can be empowering.

Led by experienced volunteers, our garden sites are spaces for learning, sharing and having fun outside. Our harvests help to feed our Kitchen and Pantry programs as well as the Garden Team!

Our teams are a mix of participants and volunteers, beginners and experienced green thumbs.  They come together for regular work parties, workshops and celebrations throughout the growing season.  Everyone is welcome.

2021 -Farm Season Collaboration with Omnivore Acres

We are over the moon about our 2021 Farm Season Collaboration with Catherine and Jim Gowans at Omnivore Acres! 🌱🤩 These incredible, community-

minded farmers first learned about our organization during our 2018 100+ Women Who Care Victoria presentation and began donating eggs in support of our Pantry Program soon after. Throughout the seasons to follow, our Garden Team would be invited to Omnivore Acres to glean hundreds of pounds of rhubarb, potatoes and beets too!

  • When the pandemic arrived, our organization secured dedicated funding to support our local farmers and food producers thanks to the The Victoria Foundation Rapid Relief Fund. We reached out to Omnivore Acres and started buying over 160 dozen eggs/month throughout 2020.
  • Our participants love the farm fresh eggs and produce, and we love how our partnership has grown in mutually beneficial ways that support our local food system and our shared community.
  • But wait- it gets even better! For the 2021 growing season, Jim and Catherine invited the Shelbourne Community Kitchen to join them at Omnivore Acres for a collaborative growing season! Led by our amazing Garden Lead, Bruce Saunders, our gardeners are now growing fresh veggies with support from Jim and Catherine and together we are helping to supply The Kitchen’s programs with fresh, local produce.

We are continually humbled by Jim and Catherine’s generosity and so grateful for their continued support. Thank you Omnivore Acres! Here’s to a fun and productive season together!” 💛
Visit their website to learn more about Omnivore Acres: https://www.omnivoreacres.com/

Container Garden in partnership with Topsoil Urban Agriculture and St. Luke’s Cedar Hill (in progress)

 

June 3, 2021 Update

We are so excited to announce that the Kitchen has partnered with Topsoil Urban Agriculture and St.Luke’s Cedar Hill Anglican Church to create a container garden right across the street from our new location! This new garden site will be 70′ x 35′ and will use Topsoil’s innovative urban agriculture model to grow efficiently and effectively in geo-textile containers. Food grown in this garden will provide much needed fresh, seasonal produce for our Pantry and Food Skills programs that serve over 850 individuals and their families. The garden will be installed in July of 2021. This project is generously funded by the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund and the Rotary Club Victoria Harbourside.  Thank you to our incredible funders and partners for making this exciting new project possible. Stay tuned for updates as construction, planting and harvests begin!

 

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