Planting the Seeds of Community

Community Garden Planting seeds and growing a garden is the perfect metaphor for what The Salvation Army strives to do on a daily bases in the community, but on Saturday, June 3, Community Services (Calgary) turned the metaphor into reality! Volunteers and staff met in the back corner of the field at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre and got straight to work on our community garden initiative. Volunteers assembled raised garden beds, dug up bushes, and planted vegetable gardens. The weather cooperated beautifully giving us blue skies to work under and a slight breeze to keep us cool. Our Executive Director, Karen Livick, fired up the barbeques and provided a hearty lunch to keep everyone working into the late afternoon.

We have big dreams for our little community garden, ultimately hoping that our vegetable garden will be able to provide fresh produce for our clients, but we are also hoping that the time in between planting and harvest will positively affect members of the community as well. Gardening offers many physical and spiritual benefits in addition to beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables! Tending to gardening keeps people connected with other living things and provides a sense of responsibility. Digging in the dirt offers therapeutic benefits and allows for people to relax and let go and to live in the present moment. Gardening is also a way to get outside and get active.

Our Garden Grow project coincided with Canada’s National Planting Week which took place from June 5 - 12. National Planting Week encourages people to plant wild flower beds or vegetable gardens with plants that are especially pollination-friendly such as apple trees and cucumbers to help with the dwindling honey bee population. Honey bees are so important to our ecosystem and every little wild flower helps!

If you would like to be a part of our community garden and assist with its care over the next few months please call our reception desk at 403-930-2700.
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