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EnviroCentre Edition - Spring 2016
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Catherine Mageau-Walker (SustainLowertown Coordinator), Annie Mercier (LCRC Community Developper), Mathieu Fleury and Angela Palma Herriot at a Good Food Market in Lowertown.
Photo courtesy of SustainLowertown
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|Growing Food and Community in Lowertown East|
Catherine Mageau-Walker, Program Coordinator, Sustain Lowertown
Any gardener or farmer can tell you that there is a healing and nourishing quality in growing your own food – an intimate connection that sprouts between you and the earth, a connection that only deepens, when you plant those seeds with others. A pride and thrill flourishes in working together to cultivate and watch something go from seed to something that appears on your plate. And that connection continues to grow when you can sit down together to share in that bounty.
Building raised beds for the Beausoleil Community Garden. Photo courtesy of SustainLowertown
From a seed, a community can grow.
And that growth is happening in the community of Lowertown with three separate gardening projects underway:
All of these projects came from a seed – an idea of bringing not only food to a community but to build it at the same time. The Angel Square Garden and the Container Gardening Project, for example, are now managed by their own independent community-run steering committees. They are planning a joint seed swapping activity this spring and collaborating at work bees and when you walk by Angel Square, there are people conversing or sitting on the bench.
As one volunteer-action committee member states, “Community Gardens are important because they bring together all types of people. Growers, planers, kids, recent immigrants, seniors etc… Angel Square has become a bit of a meeting place and the kind of open, functional and beautiful place where neighbors cross paths, chit-chat and help one another”.
From a seed, a community continues to grow….
Although there has been a lot of work done on each of these three projects with many successes along the way, there is still a lot of work to be done – not just on these projects, but future ones, such as the search for a suitable space for another community garden in Lowertown West.
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