Let's get growing, Whitchurch-Stouffville! We're sharing gardening and food activities again this summer.
This community has a long history in agriculture, and celebrates its farmland and green spaces. Now you can experience the magic of the earth in a whole new way. Generations Growing is all about growing great food and new relationships across generations in our community.
We welcome children, youth, adults, and elders – people who have never grown anything before and long-time gardeners. We have two raised beds (for those with back problems and other mobility issues) and one large ground-level plot.
We'll learn all about soil, how to prepare a garden, how to plant different kinds of vegetables, how to care for a garden organically, and then enjoy the harvest. Special workshops have ranged from Earth Wonders to Wiggly Worms!
"Gardeners are healthy, joyous, natural creatures. We are practical, patient, optimistic. We declare our optimism every year, every season, with every act of planting," says Carol Deppe.
A group ranging in age from 6 to 76 years planted the garden last year.
We will again harvest all the fresh organic vegetables for participants to enjoy, and donate produce to the WS Food Bank. Check back for workshop dates – and join the fun in the fresh air and green gardens.
The community gardening movement brings neighbours together, and increases community pride and stewardship. In the words of Stanley Crawford, "To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and celebration to a greater world."
The benefits of community gardening are many. This kind of community activity is one of the most powerful tools we have to help build our families and neighbourhoods. Community gardens have ecological, educational, social, nutrition, and economic benefits. They are also fun and replenish the spirit. Here are just a few of the many benefits:
Delicious fresh vegetables as a tangible and healthy reward.
Helping those less fortunate as some of the produce is donated to the WS Food Bank.
Relaxing, combats stress, improves mental health.
Productive physical activity.
Meeting new people of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the community.
Increases knowledge about planting, growing, harvesting, and cooking food.
Grows pride and spirit in the community.
Increases property values and neighbourhood safety.
Builds leadership and social skills.
A chance to connect with nature and create beauty.
Helping the environment by planting plants that filter rainwater, restore oxygen, and reduce air pollution.
A focal point for community organizing that can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.
Michael Pollan is an award-winning author and journalist who writes about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He sums up the importance of community gardens, "The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world."
Check out this inspiring video about the power of intergenerational gardening in San Diego County, CA, another YOU 177 community:
For information about WS YOU 177 Generations Growing, call (905) 852-3777 or e-mail us. Come on Whitchurch-Stouffville, let's get growing!
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